If you care for a relative or friend with dementia, you can share your insights and experiences as part of National Dementia Carers’ Day (Sunday 13 September 2015).
Now in its second year, National Dementia Carers’ Day (NDCD) was introduced to recognise, share and celebrate the amazing job carried out by family and informal carers.
Created by SweetTree Home Care Services, Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia UK, high profile supporters of the initiative include Prime Minister David Cameron, Baroness Greengross OBE and Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England.
The personal accounts of people caring for a loved one with dementia are to be shared on a dedicated website here.
Throughout the year all the tips and ideas for helping someone live well with the condition will be shared on the NDCD website, providing an information hub to help to unite and inform the UK’s informal carers.
“In the UK two thirds of people living with dementia are living within the community, which means thousands of families and friends are supporting someone close to them to live as well as possible with the effects of dementia," says Hilda Hayo, chief executive of Dementia UK.
“The progressive nature of dementia means it can be a time of uncertainty and stress for family members, and can involve dramatic changes in the way a family functions. It can also lead to isolation as the social network of the family starts to reduce. By coming together to share experiences and ideas we hope to show families that they are not alone and to highlight those areas where extra support is urgently needed.”
In February 2015 the government unveiled its latest move to tackle dementia with the launch of the Dementia 2020 challenge. It aims to make England the “best place in the world to undertake research into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases”. The challenge also wants carers of people with dementia to be made aware of and offered the opportunity for respite, education, training, emotional and psychological support so that they feel able to cope with their caring responsibilities and to have a life alongside caring.
- For more information and to get involved with National Dementia Carers’ Day please visit www.nationaldementiacarersday.org.uk
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