Dementia Action Week 2022

If you or someone you are close to is experiencing potential symptoms of dementia, you are encouraged to act on it and seek guidance this Dementia Action Week (16 to 22 May).

Dementia Action Week is the Alzheimer’s Society’s annual awareness campaign. This year’s theme is ‘diagnosis’. With diagnosis rates falling to a five-year low, the Alzheimer’s Society want to encourage those who might be living with undiagnosed dementia to seek guidance and support. Common dementia symptoms include memory loss, confusion, personality changes, and changes in behaviour.

One of the biggest barriers to seeking a dementia diagnosis is a misconception around memory loss being a sign of normal ageing. However, memory loss could in fact be a sign of something more serious and although getting a diagnosis can be daunting, research from the Alzheimer’s Society shows that 91% of people affected by dementia believe it is better to know.

For more information why not contact the Alzheimer’s Society - Dementia Action Week | Alzheimer’s Society (alzheimers.org.uk) or for you can join The Herbert Protocol, it’s an information sharing form which allows Carers, family or friends of a vulnerable person to share information with the police in the event that the person goes missing. Having this information to hand prevents the need to remember it and relay it to Police in what is likely to be a very worrying and stressful time. The Herbert Protocol form can be downloaded via the Metropolitan Police website. https://www.met.police.uk/SysSiteAssets/media/downloads/central/advice/herbert-protocol/herbert-protocol-form.pdf