Join in with dementia awareness

I would like to urge Northumberland Gazette readers to get involved with this year’s Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Awareness Week which starts on Sunday.

Dementia Awareness Week is Alzheimer’s Society’s annual flagship awareness-raising campaign and it will see events taking place across the North East as we strive to make sure that people with dementia can live well within our communities.

This year’s theme – Don’t Bottle It Up – encourages those with questions or concerns about dementia to open up and come to Alzheimer’s Society staff for information and support, as all too often people are too frightened or anxious to seek vital help.

We know that anyone who may have dementia or may have a loved one who has dementia that it is possible to feel confused, scared or even ashamed. We all bury our heads in the sand from time to time, but it is important to talk to someone about the condition.

Alzheimer’s Society staff and the charity’s volunteers will be out and about all week and that will give Gazette readers a chance to find out more about dementia and their services and support we can offer so we can combat social isolation.

Dementia is the biggest health and social-care challenge facing our community and it is vital that we come together to give social-care and health professionals the help that they need to tackle the disease which affects tens of thousands of families across the North East.

There will an array of activities across the North East – including information stands at local libraries – that will allow your readers to take the first step on the road to getting vital assistance.

So please look out for Alzheimer’s Society staff next week or feel free to ring our team at the Alzheimer’s Society Newcastle office on 0191 274 2727 for more information.

Rob Stewart ,

Communications and Media Officer,

Alzheimer’s Society,

Heighley Street

Scotswood,

Newcastle