Talk Dementia 19-25 May 2013
Gloucestershire Hospitals is supporting this year’s Dementia Awareness Week
(19-25 May) and helping the Alzheimer’s Society to encourage people to #TalkDementia.
We work closely with the Alzheimer’s Society as part of our work with partner organisations to provide information and to encourage people to talk about dementia. The idea behind this year’s campaign is the more we talk about it, the more we’ll know, and the more prepared we’ll be able to face it.
Maggie Arnold, Nursing Director said:
“We have a responsibility to assure our patients that they will have respect, dignity and appropriate care. We have a Dementia Champion in every care team and are proud that almost 6000 members of staff have completed their dementia awareness training.
“We are determined to continue to improve the care of patients with dementia and we are proud to be a member of the Dementia Action Alliance.
“We fully support the aim of the week – to encourage people to stop worrying and start talking!”
Actress Ruth Jones, is supporting Alzheimer’s Society for the first time by fronting the campaign. She features in a special video about the importance of talking about dementia.
There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, and this number is set to rise to one million by 2021. So, it’s not surprising that so many people are worried about it. In fact, people over 55 now fear dementia more than any other disease, including cancer.