Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. It is the day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning, in which the mental ability of a person declines and gradually reaches a stage where it becomes difficult for them to lead a normal life.
Every minute, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease and experts believe the 1 in 3 babies born today will develop the disease. Over 7000 people in Wiltshire have dementia and the personal cost is enormous. Of the £26.3bn per year that is spent on caring for people with dementia, two thirds is paid for by those living with the disease and their families.
Last week I had the pleasure of opening and taking part in Corsham’s Memory walk, one of hundreds taking place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to raise money for research to combat dementia.
Three years ago, the Prime Minister launched a national campaign to continue the Government’s fight against dementia, with a focus on improving health care and investing in research. Since then I, and over 1 million other people, have trained to be dementia friends to raise awareness our local communities.
Sign up to be Dementia Friend HERE
The UK’s efforts on research have been world leading and the Government is investing £300 million in the next five years into dementia research. Locally, councils, the NHS and others are working together to provide better, more joined up care to support those affected by dementia. To find out what is happening locally CLICK HERE
I would like to extend a huge personal thank you to all those who are involved with fundraising, events or volunteering in our area. To join them CLICK HERE, alternatively, call their Helpline on 0300 222 11 22 for dementia information and support.