With over 800,000 people with dementia in the UK alone, and a further
400,000 unaware of their condition, dementia is a growing challenge that’s
happening right now. However, not enough people know that much about
dementia. Lack of knowledge throughout the public, and even within
the nursing and care sectors, is being targeted with an annual Dementia
Awareness Week. Dementia Awareness Week 2017 takes place from the
14th-20th May (29th May-4th June in Scotland).
First and foremost, dementia is not a disease. When it comes to learning
about, being aware of and knowing how to support people with dementia, the first step
is to understand what it is and what it does to the people affected by
it. Instead of being a disease itself, dementia is an overarching term that is
used to describe the symptoms of a collection of neurological diseases such as
The symptoms of dementia include short-term memory loss, mood swings, aphasia or
semantic dementia (issues with spoken communication) in the early
stages. These progress over a period of time until the person
affected doesn’t know who they are, where they are, have limited memory
or have regressed and have immense difficulty communicating.
It’s imperative that we can continue to understand that people with dementia are
still the same person they were without the disease, and should be
treated with as much respect and dignity that they would have had
before they became affected by dementia. Dementia Awareness Week puts a
special focus of “remember the person” into the core of their message,
ensuring that we never forget who a person was before dementia while
still being able to care for them effectively in the present.
Our courses at Annie Barr allow healthcare professionals to learn more
about the world of dementia; learning what it is, why it happens and how
to best interact with those who live with the condition. Our range of
courses is designed to give you invaluable information about dementia
and its consequences.
Take a look at our dementia courses now and become aware for Dementia Awareness Week: