Raising awareness of dementia


With 19,765 people living with dementia in Northern Ireland, 3,175 in Belfast alone and the numbers set to rise, we want your readers to get involved during Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Awareness Week (17th -23rd May).

Dementia can affect a person’s relationships, leaving them feeling isolated and alone but we try to keep people connected to their lives and the people who matter most.

It’s important to keep the spotlight on dementia and Dementia Awareness Week provides the perfect opportunity to do that. Life doesn’t end when dementia begins and new experiences can bring joy to a person’s life even as memories fade.

That’s why, to mark Dementia Awareness Week, we’d like to encourage your readers to ‘do something new’ and help raise awareness of the condition. From abseiling from a bridge to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society to joining in at one of our Singing for the Brain music therapy groups or Dementia Cafés, everyone can play their part and make a real difference.

People can share their photos of them ‘doing something new’ by tweeting us @AlzSocNIreland or posting on our Facebook page using the hashtags #DoSomethingNew for #DAW2015.

Quite simply, there are lots of different ways people across the area can get involved and anyone needing information about Dementia Awareness Week should contact the team in Belfast on 077 0234 0498.

Fiona Brown,

Alzheimer’s Society