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Dementia Awareness Week, 19th-25th May 2013

19th-25th May 2013 is this year’s Dementia Awareness Week, an annual campaign organised by dementia charity the Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness of the condition across the country. The theme of this year’s event is ‘talk dementia’, with an aim of removing the stigma associated with talking about dementia and the difficulties that people living with the condition face on a daily basis. As the society states on their website, “Worrying changes nothing. Talking changes everything”, and with an estimated 800,000 people already living with dementia in the UK, it’s imperative that the nation start talking about the support that is available.

There are a number of ways to get involved in this year’s Dementia Awareness Week. There will be events held across England, Wales and Northern Ireland on behalf of the charity, but there are also plenty of resources available online, including posters, flyers and factsheets, if you choose to take the initiative to organise your own. The Alzheimer’s Society suggests throwing a tea party – “where better to talk than over a cup of tea?” – so it’s a great excuse to get your friends and family together and help a worthy cause at the same time. If you’re tech savvy, you can also join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TalkDementia.

Here at the Good Care Group, we think Dementia Awareness Week is a great event, and believe that everyone affected by or working in dementia care delivery should be participating. Why not tweet us @goodcaregroup and let us know how you’ll be showing your support?