Dementia Action Week: Starting a conversation

As Dementia Action Week comes to a close, we want to share a few great organisations where you can offer support to improve the lives of people with dementia. Two-thirds of people living with dementia report feeling isolated and lonely. That’s why this year, Dementia Action Week is about starting a conversation with someone living with dementia. Whether it’s calling a relative with dementia, visiting a neighbour, or seeking out new volunteering opportunities, now is the time to do it.

Young Dementia UK exist to make sure that no one with young onset dementia feels isolated and alone. You can volunteer to make a difference to people affected by the condition through attending social groups and events, becoming researchers, helping with administration or joining the Community Development Committee.

Until there is a cure, Dementia Adventure are finding ways to live better with dementia. Evidence shows people with dementia who engage with nature and outdoor activity have increased levels of well-being and quality of life. The charity dedicate their time to supporting people with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their community, and retain a sense of adventure in their lives. As a volunteer you can support their Dementia Holidays, become a Community Ambassador or Community Fundraiser.

Volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Society you can help provide vital support, reduce isolation and increase the wellbeing of people affected by dementia. Get involved in community and peer support, Singing for the Brain and Dementia Cafés.

Help Dementia UK support the amazing people who are pushing themselves to the limit to raise much needed funds for families facing dementia. Choose your event and off you go. On the day you could be making as much noise as possible at a cheer point to making hard-earned cups of tea for cyclists and runners post event.

Read about Dot Dot Dot guardian, Alison, and her charity, Remembering Not to Forget, which supports people impacted by dementia. They’re looking for people who are up for taking on a challenge and fundraising for the charity, as well as support with events and suggestions for new fundraising ideas. Find out more and get involved here.