How often have we thought that we are a little bit stuck in a rut? Doing the ‘same old, same old’, keeping our heads down and just getting on with it… The tragedy of dementia is that the normal, the everyday can become more tricky and things we take for granted become harder and, sometimes, more frightening. BUT life doesn’t end when dementia begins and for this year’s Dementia Awareness Week the Alzheimer’s Society are encouraging all of us to do something new together and have a great time!

DoSomethingNew Dementia Awareness Week 2015

Running from the 17th to 23rd May, this year’s campaign ‘Do Something New’ seeks to highlight how sufferers positively cope with dementia, get loads out of life and can set us a great example. Isn’t it time to do something new, to challenge ourselves and simply have a bit more fun

To spread the word and let everyone know what you’re up to you can use social media hashtags #DoSomethingNew and #DAW2015 and don’t forget to tag your friends and encourage them to #DoSomethingNew as well.

Stuck for inspiration? How about signing up to learn a new language, try a new sport, start saving for that big trip you’ve always dreamed of or go blonde? You can always dust off your bicycle and get back in the saddle, try a new recipe, check out volunteering in the community or simply call up a good friend and invite them for a long overdue catch up.

Whatever you do, do something new!

Have a look at the information and resources on the Alzheimer’s Society website. 

You can download the Alzheimer’s Society booklet ‘5 things You Should Now About Dementia’ here.

Further support and information:

National Dementia Helpline – 0300 222 1122

The Helpline is for anyone who is affected by dementia or worried about their memory. Trained advisers provide information, support, guidance and signposting to other organisations that can help. The Helpline is open Monday to Wednesday 9am–8pm, Thursday and Friday 9am–5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am–4pm.Call 0300 222 1122 or email: helpline@alzheimers.org.uk

Talking Point

Talking Point is an online support and discussion forum for anyone affected by dementia. It’s a place to ask for advice, share information, join in discussions and feel supported. Talking Point is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. alzheimers.org.uk/talkingpoint

Printed and online information

You can read and order publications online at alzheimers.org.ukYou can also order copies by phoning 0300 303 5933

Local services

Alzheimer’s Society provides a range of local services for people with dementia and their carers. To find services near to you, visit alzheimers.org.uk or call our National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122