Raising Awareness of Dementia

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, with it accounting for 90% of cases. Did you know that around the world, someone is diagnosed with dementia every THREE seconds?

By 2050, an estimated 131 million people will be suffering with the disease.

That’s why we need to raise awareness of the disease; about its impact and how we can treat and prevent it.

Every year there is a theme.

The theme for this year is a campaign called Remember Me to encourage people to remember family, friends or loved ones who are living with dementia or who may have passed away after living with the disease.

To do this, you will need to submit a photo or message about that person. Alternatively, you can share your message or photo on social media using the hashtags #RememberMe or #WAM2016.

You can also raise general awareness of the disease by sharing the materials provided by Alzheimer’s Disease International.

What are the early warning signs of dementia?

  • General memory loss that affects every day life – such as completing simple or familiar tasks;
  • Misplacing items;
  • Confusion with days, time or locations;
  • Withdrawal from hobbies, work or other leisure activities;
  • Changes in mood and personality.

21st September is also World Alzheimer’s Day. Get involved with the conversations on social media by using the hashtag #WAM2016.

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Father and Son sing in aid of Alzheimer’s

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Carpool Karaoke with a twist

You might have seen the likes of James Corden with various celebrity passengers, singing their hearts out around L.A.

This video is slightly different, it is of a UK duo: 80 year-old father (Ted) and 40 year-old son (Simon). What makes it special is that Ted was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013 and now struggles due to his declining memory, however, this song takes him back to singing at Butlins in his youth. It was at Butlins that he earned a nickname: The Songaminute Man.

You might have already seen this wonderfully heartwarming (and viral) video circulating around the internet already, but if you haven’t, here it is in its full glory. (If you don’t know Quando, Quando, Quando, it was performed by Englebert Humperdinck.)

 

As you can hear, Ted certainly hasn’t forgotten how to sing!

Simon set up a JustGiving page to help raise awareness and funds to fight dementia. The video has already racked up millions of views, and over £65,000 to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Donate here.

 

Find out more about the specialist care we offer, including care for people with Alzheimer’s, here.

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