Sunday, 17 May 2015
Are you dementia aware?
In the UK, today marks the start of Dementia Awareness Week, organised by the Alzheimer's Society on whose website here there is lots of information and encouragement for anyone touched by this horrible condition. Please take a look. It's not purely a fundraising exercise - although there is a 'donate' button, should you feel so inclined - but is also about helping us all to be a bit better informed.
I am a Dementia Friend, which means I have read up on how I might be able to help someone with dementia. This could anything from putting labels on cupboard doors to ease the confusion when a familiar environment becomes unfamiliar, to being more patient with that old lady in front of me in the supermarket queue who can't fathom how to work the chip & pin device.
Of course, it's not just the elderly who suffer from dementia, a fact amply demonstrated in the film Still Alice. This stars Julianne Moore as a 50-year-old linguistics professor who suffers from early-onset Alzheimers and follows its devastating effects as her illness worsens. It's a good film and worth a look; or read Lisa Genova's novel of the same name on which the film is based. I promise it's not as depressing as it sounds.