Dementia Awareness Week

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21 May 2014

This week is Dementia Awareness Week (18-24 May), which focuses on encouraging people to ‘open up’ and talk.

There are 800,000 people in the UK living with dementia and across the country, on average, less than half of those people have received a diagnosis. There are many reasons why people may be afraid to ask their GP for a diagnosis. They may feel scared, confused or even ashamed, however the sooner they know what they’re dealing with, the sooner they can get on with their life and feel in control again.

Anyone who is concerned can talk to their doctor, their family and also to Alzheimer’s Society. Their national dementia helpline 0300 222 1122 has specially trained advisers on hand to discuss any concerns around dementia, and provide information, support, guidance and signposting to other appropriate organisations.

For further information, factsheets and advice for living well with dementia please visit