Posted on December 17, 2014

Christmas support needed for dementia sufferers

The Alzheimer's Society has voiced concern about the isolation felt by many dementia sufferers at Christmas. Figures have been released revealing that many people do not understand the condition, which can lead to sufferers being excluded, and the Alzheimer's Society has teamed up with Public Health England (PHE) to encourage more people to become dementia friends. More than 30 companies have joined the scheme and more than half a million individuals. The chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, Jeremy Hughes, said that it can be hard for those with dementia to take part in the Christmas festivities and they are often left out. This is usually because people do not understand the condition and do not know how they can help those who suffer from
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it. By encouraging people to learn more about the condition and understand the issues surrounding dementia care, the stigma of the condition can be reduced and sufferers can remain involved with their community. The research carried out by the society suggests that around two-thirds of sufferers have seen a reduction in Christmas invites since they were diagnosed, simply because people do not how they can be included. Those involved in dementia care have agreed with the findings of the research, which also suggest that despite many sufferers enjoying going shopping, most shops do not do enough to assist. Christmas shopping should now be easier, however, with some of the top names in retail signing up to the friends scheme. The Alzheimer's Society and PHE have published a guide to offer advice on supporting sufferers at this time of the year.
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