Support awareness of dementia campaign

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

It is the annual flagship awareness-raising campaign and will see events taking place across Northumberland as we aim to make sure people with the disease 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 help.

We all bury our heads in the sand from time to time, but it is important to talk to someone about it and if you, or someone close to you, may have dementia you could feel confused, scared or even ashamed.

Alzheimer’s Society staff and the charity’s volunteers will be out and about all week and that will give 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 all come together so social care and health professionals gain the help that they need to tackle the disease which affects 4,844 people in Northumberland.

There will be information stands at libraries across Northumberland all week and that will give anyone who is worried about dementia to take the first step on the road to getting vital help.

So please look out for Alzheimer’s Society staff next week or feel free to ring our team at the Alzheimer’s Society Morpeth office on (01670) 511159 for more information.

Rob Stewart

Alzheimer’s Society