Dementia action week

Dementia Action Week 2018 takes place every May. This year, it runs from Monday 21 to Sunday 27 May.

The Alzheimer’s Society is calling on everyone to take action to improve the everyday lives of people affected by dementia.

On the Dementia Action Week website you can pledge to undertake small actions that will have a big impact. You could make time to talk and listen to people about their experiences of dementia, for example, or ask people if they need help. You might simply try to learn more about dementia.

The local Dementia Action Alliance aims to create change to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers. We’re a member, along with a number of public sector organisations, charities and businesses.

We’d like to hear what you think would make the biggest difference for people affected by dementia in Cambridge. If you have any ideas on what actions individuals and businesses (including us) could undertake, please email them to equalities@cambridge.gov.uk. We’ll share your ideas anonymously with the Dementia Action Alliance.

Dementia facts

One person develops dementia every three minutes. The number of people with dementia is predicted to rise by up to 35% by 2025, and 146% by 2050.

There are currently 1,179 people in Cambridge living with dementia.

Isolation can be a huge issue for people with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society reports that:

  • 53% people with dementia do not feel part of their community
  • People with dementia said that they had to give up activities such as getting out of the house (28%), shopping (23%), exercise (22%) and using transport (16%)
  • 73% of UK adults surveyed do not think that society, including businesses and organisations, are geared up to deal with dementia

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