May 15-21st this year is Dementia Awareness week (DWA). The week of events throws a spotlight on dementia to help increase understanding of the condition, raise awareness of the Alzheimer’s Society, their work and fund raising.

Keeping quality of life with dementia

Dementia is a term that describes symptoms of progressive brain damage most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease or mini strokes as in vascular dementia, which cause loss of memory, difficulties in problem solving, language and thinking. Sufferers, together with their families and friends, need consistent and high quality support and care to meet the challenges it brings and, importantly, continue to live happy, comfortable and fulfilled lives.

In the UK in 2015 there were 850,000 people with dementia, one in six of whom were over 80, cared for by 670,000 carers. By 2025 it is estimated that one million people in the UK will have dementia.*

Within our person centred care, we put an emphasis on quality of life for all our home care clients and those that visit our York day care centres and live within our local residential homes in York and Selby. Through offering dignity, respect and a better understanding of the condition we are making a real difference to people’s lives and it’s something we’re committed to.

Riccall Care Dementia Cafe logoOpen to everyone, including free hot drinks, biscuits and cakes, our Care Café opens its doors every first Thursday of the month from 2pm – 4pm.

Also called a dementia café it is hosted by our highly experienced Riccall Care training team who have specialist knowledge of dementia care; however, it is open to all carers and cared for, whether or not they have the condition. Its goal is helping to increase social enjoyment, fun and engagement; a great place to meet people and enjoy activities, such as table games and quizzes, together with receiving sound advice and support for the elderly and vulnerable living at home.

Through current research our knowledge of dementia is growing all the time. Every day brings us closer to effective medicines, therapies and, who knows, ultimately a cure. Helping to raise funds to support this research is vital and there are lots of planned activities around the UK for you to join in with.

Find out more about DAW events happening across the UK

If you, or someone you know, is worried about dementia you can call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email helpline@alzheimers.org.uk or visit: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Ask us about home care and how we can support you and your loved ones at home.

We offer specialist dementia courses in York for care professionals, personal assistants and anyone who would like to increase their understanding and care of dementia sufferers.

Dementia Friend

* Alzheimer’s Society