08 May 2015
In 2015, there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to one million by 2025.
The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem solving or language and it is caused by damage to the brain cells or by a series of strokes. More than 40% of the people affected by dementia have bottled up their worries and fears.
Hounslow Cognitive Impairment and Dementia team is fighting to raise awareness and understanding of dementia to mark dementia awareness week starting on 18 May.
They want to get people talking about dementia and ensure that this high percentage of people can talk through their worries and concerns with people who know about dementia.
The team fight to raise awareness and understanding of dementia as well as offering services to assess and better enable people to live well with the condition.
Dementia Awareness Week is an opportunity for anyone with concerns about dementia to open up and to talk to members of the Hounslow Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Service (CIDS) team.
Michael Jones, nurse manager at Hounslow Cognitive Impairment and Dementia team says, “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to educate people about dementia and to address any concerns or worries that local residents have about dementia.
“It’s important that people know that there is someone to talk to about dementia and there are ways we can help people live with the condition and provide support to carers of those who suffer from dementia.
“We’re hoping as many people as possible can come along to one of our events during Dementia Awareness Week to start conversations about dementia and hopefully help people who are worried about it. Our events are open to anyone so please encourage your friends and family to come along.”
Each event will have a presentation on ‘What is dementia?’ and a series of stalls will be set up to present the roles of different professionals from the service.
The events will give you the chance to find out what dementia actually is, the process of getting an assessment if you are worried about your memory and it will give you the opportunity to meet a team of professionals and find out about each professional’s role in providing care.
The Clinical Trials team at Lakeside Mental Health Unit, (TW7 6FY) is also hosting an open afternoon on Wednesday 20 May from 1pm-5pm to showcase our current dementia research studies. There will be informal talks throughout the afternoon from doctors, researchers and people who are taking part in some of our studies.
The other opens events are taking place every day next week at the following different venues.
- Montague Hall – Monday 18 May at 2-4pm
- Jessop House – Tuesday 19 May at 2-4 pm
- Clinical Trials Unit open afternoon – Wednesday 20 May at 1-5pm
- Heston Library – Thursday 21 May at 2-4pm
- Feltham Library – Friday 22 May at 2-4pm
If you would like more information on any of these events, please contact 020 8483 1800.