As a result of living with Alzheimer’s, many elderly people rely on residential care homes or in-home care to provide them with assistance. Many of these care providers are exemplary, but sadly not all. Tollers Personal Injury fight tirelessly for clients living with Alzheimer’s and their families and carers in cases of preventable bed sores, Care Home neglect or abuse. Our own Veronica Male, is the Chair of the Northamptonshire Dementia Action Alliance. Veronica says:
“At Northamptonshire Dementia Action Alliance we are working towards Northamptonshire becoming more Dementia friendly to combat the loneliness and isolation often felt by people with Dementia and their families. It is important on this day to think about the steps we can take to help ensure people can live well with Dementia.”
Every year since 1994 Alzheimer’s organisations all over the world have observed World Alzheimer's Day on 21 September. Named after neurologist Alois Alzheimer the disease causes progressive damage to the brain. The activities surrounding World Alzheimer’s Day focuses on reducing the stigma attached to dementia and making communities more dementia-friendly. It also aims to unite those living with dementia, their carers and families, medical professionals, researchers and the media, to ensure the rights of those living with the effects of all forms of dementia are upheld, and that they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.
Many charities around the world are promoting awareness in a variety of different ways. Here in the UK, the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and all the ways you can help, large and small, from telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, anything you can do counts.
In an ever growing elderly population, events like this send a strong message to governments and policy makers that dementia is a serious health issue that has massive implications on health services around the world. World Alzheimer’s Day provides an opportunity for organisations to gain recognition and credibility for the work that they do all year round, placing them in a stronger position to influence government policies.
If you would like to help us in raising awareness of dementia, there are many ways that you can get involved, from campaigning, to fundraising by taking part in one of the many events happening across the country. For more information on what’s available in your area, click here.
If you have concerns about the care a loved one with Dementia is receiving Veronica and her colleagues will be happy to listen to your concerns and offer advice Talk to Tollers on 0333 414 9123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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