Dementia Action Week: 20-26 May

This week (20-26 May) is Dementia Action Week and we are delighted to share with you, an insightful poem which has been written by members of our seeing past dementia support group. The poem explains their feelings about receiving their diagnosis and how they have learned to accept and cope with it.

As part of Dementia Action Week, the Alzheimer’s Society are encouraging people to start a conversation with someone with dementia. Research shows that many people are worried about ‘saying the wrong thing’ to people living with dementia – and despite almost all of us knowing someone affected, two-thirds of people living with dementia report feeling isolated and lonely.

It can often be difficult to know what to say, but why not give these tips, which have been written by people living with dementia, a go.

Talk to me, smile, be a little patient and give me time to reply.’

‘A simple ‘hello’, ask about the weather, anything that you feel comfortable with.’

‘Just be yourself and yes, we will make mistakes but it’s ok to laugh along with us.’

‘I love it when people ask me questions. It gives me an opportunity to show that people with dementia exist, that we can still contribute to things going on around us and that life goes on. It makes me feel good. It makes me feel like me again’

‘Just don’t ask if I remember.’

‘Don’t be afraid. All it takes is a conversation to see we’re still us.’

For more information on Dementia Action Week visit: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-action-week