World Alzheimer’s Month – How carers in Romford can help

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. During World Alzheimer’s Month, people across the globe are encouraged to participate in activities that raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. 

To honour this important observation, we want to do our part in raising awareness for the disease and show our support to the Alzheimer’s community and everyone affected. 

If you’re personally affected by Alzheimer’s disease or know somebody who is, read on to discover how our specialist care in Romford, Clacton on Sea, Colchester and surrounding areas can provide compassionate and sensitive support. 

What is World Alzheimer’s Month? 

World Alzheimer’s Month occurs annually in September, aiming to educate, inspire and provide support. With over 55 million individuals globally affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, this month highlights the ‘never too early, never too late’ theme, emphasising awareness of risk factors to delay or prevent its onset. Activities like fundraising, memory walks and local awareness campaigns encourage global participation in raising funds and reducing the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s. By destigmatising and demystifying the condition, this event helps mitigate risks and enhance support for those impacted by Alzheimer’s.

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease, the leading dementia in the UK, is a progressive condition marked by a continuous decline in brain function. This impacts memory, cognitive abilities and mental skills. While the precise cause of the disease remains unclear, factors like genetics, lifestyle and age heighten its risk. Statistics show that roughly one in 14 individuals aged 65 or older, and one in 6 aged 80 or above grapple with Alzheimer’s. Gradually worsening over time, the disease currently lacks a cure. This highlights the urgent need for research and support to address the challenges posed by this complex condition.

How to recognise Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is not considered a normal part of ageing. The following signs and symptoms could indicate your loved one may be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease: 

  • constantly misplacing objects
  • exhibiting language difficulties by using unfamiliar terms for well-known items
  • struggling to recall the name of a close relative or friend
  • becoming disoriented in familiar surroundings
  • fading memories of past events
  • losing the ability to accomplish tasks autonomously
  • noteworthy alterations in mood, behaviour and personality
  • experiencing confusion concerning time and location
  • demonstrating impaired decision-making and judgement.

How to help us raise awareness

Would you like to be part of our initiative to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease during World Alzheimer’s Month? Every contribution matters. Some ways you can get involved include raising funds for patient support and essential research that will lead to improved treatments and a potential cure. You can also share a photo or message on social media with the hashtag #WorldAlzMonth. Whether you’re personally impacted by Alzheimer’s or connected to someone who is, remember that you’re not alone. There are resources, information, and a support network available to offer assistance and understanding.

Get in touch 

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with dementia, we are here to support you on this emotionally-difficult journey. Please do not hesitate to get in touch or give us a call on 0800 999 3447 with any of your questions. Our professional team would be happy to provide more information on how we can provide personalised support.