World Alzheimer’s Month – National Dementia Carers’ Day 12th September 2022
September is World Alzheimer’s Month
World Alzheimer’s month is the international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. World Alzheimer’s Month was launched in 2012; World Alzheimer’s Day is on 21st September each year.
Many people living with dementia rely on the love, support and care of family members, friends and unpaid carers.
National Dementia Carers’ Day – 12th September 2022
Caring for someone with dementia can be an intensive, challenging, rewarding and at times a stressful experience. Carers will face different challenges at each stage of the illness. Adjusting to the diagnosis and coping with the changes the illness will bring can cause a great deal of stress. However, if you are well prepared and know what you may need to provide in the way of care it can help a great deal. Having a good support network is also very important.
Founded by the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia UK and SweetTree Home Care Services, National Dementia Carers’ Day was established to share, recognise, and support this crucial role.
Now in its seventh year, the annual awareness day will this year take place on Monday 12th September 2022 within Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. We know there are thousands of remarkable family carers, neighbours and friends who selflessly bring a smile to the face of individuals living with dementia, demonstrating incredible care, patience and intuition to connect with them. Find out more at https://nationaldementiacarersday.co.uk
Support for you as a carer
You may not think of yourself as a carer, particularly if the person with dementia is a partner, parent or close friend. But both you and the person with dementia will need support to cope with the symptoms and changes in behaviour. Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre are here for you. We can offer information, support and advice – call us on 01942 697885, or click here to make on online referral. We can also arrange a Carers Assessment for you which will consider in detail the impact of caring on your own health and wellbeing.
If someone you know is displaying signs of dementia, you should encourage them to see their GP.
Alzheimer’s Society can also provide the support you need via their website or Dementia Connect support line – https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support Tel : 0333 150 3456
You can also read advice from Dementia UK around getting a diagnosis here: https://www.dementiauk.org/get-support/diagnosis-and-specialist-suppport/getting-a-diagnosis-of-dementia/?fbclid=IwAR3IDAfMntRtyfBUipcAwmjZ1iqu6V71XsaPh8GnYV6tB48xgKFmpd3XeeI
If you have any questions about the diagnosis process, Dementia UK’s Nurses offer advice and support. Contact their Helpline on 0800 888 6678 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on Alzheimer’s disease, visit the NHS UK website: https://nhs.uk/conditions/alzheimers-disease/
Spotting symptoms early can provide more time to develop a suitable and personalised care plan for your loved one.