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Dementia Action Week

23/05/2018

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust is marking Dementia Action Week by urging people in Hull, East Riding and North Yorkshire to help improve the lives of people living with the brain diseases.

In the UK, one person develops a form of dementia every three minutes, yet too many of them are left to face the conditions alone, leaving them feeling excluded from their communities and wider society.

In a bid to tackle this problem, the Trust is marking Dementia Action Week, which runs until Sunday (27th May), by calling on people to create a ‘dementia-friendly’ Hull, East Riding and North Yorkshire by supporting research and making one or more of the following Alzheimer’s Society pledges:

  • I will be there for carers and loved ones;
  • I will talk to people;
  • I will make time to listen;
  • I will carry on inviting people out;
  • I will be patient;
  • I will ask questions and learn about dementia;
  • I will ask if someone needs help if they look confused.

Trust Patient Research Ambassador Wendy Mitchell, who has lived with dementia for four years, underlined the call for action in a speech at the organisation’s recent research and development conference, later saying: “Let’s stop talking and start doing.”

The ex-NHS nurse, author of the best-selling memoir Somebody I used to know, said “simple acts of kindness could reduce the fear of living with dementia”.

Ms Mitchell said she helped herself by taking part in research – her “passion” – adding: “Dementia strips away so much and participation helps give back that sense of being useful and valued again.”

During Dementia Action Week, the Trust will join forces with its partners to highlight dementia and its Memory Clinic will mark the initiative by staging a 1940s-themed party.

For further information about Dementia Action Week events and dementia services, visit the Trust’s new dementia webpage

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