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News 12 May 2017 l Health & wellbeing

'Forget about everything that keeps us apart, because dementia doesn’t care.' Alzheimer’s Society

Dementia Awareness Week 2017: 'Forget about everything that keeps us apart, because dementia doesn’t care.' Alzheimer’s Society

Major issues that affect the nation's health typically feature high up on the awareness scale. Not so with dementia: despite the fact that every three minutes a person develops symptoms of dementia, awareness and understanding remain low, and many families are facing the challenge alone.

Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May 2017) sees the Alzheimer's Society calling for everyone across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to unite against dementia. The campaign initiatives include:

  • A powerful television advert entitled Time to forget, which urges everyone to put aside their differences and work together
  • England’s World Cup football heroes backing the campaign in tribute to three of their former 1966 team mates who are living with dementia
  • Actress Meera Syal speaking about the fact that every three minutes a person develops symptoms of dementia, and  the need for everyone to work together to achieve greater understanding, improve care and find a cure

There’s so much we can do as organisations and individuals to get involved and support this vital work. Although Hanover is not a dementia care provider, as a national provider of affordable housing and services for older people we’re hugely committed to supporting people living with dementia. Many of our staff are already Dementia Friends, and during Dementia Awareness Week 2017 we're encouraging all staff to register, and to hold events on Hanover estates.

The Living well section of our website provides information on our various activities around dementia. Below are examples of some of our key activities:

Dementia Connect

This project was designed to form and underpin our approach to dementia.

Dementia training

Our online dementia session for all staff is a first step to understanding dementia, not just in the workplace, but also in our local communities. All frontline staff attend Hanover's one-day Dementia Level 2 training course, which aims to deliver knowledge that unlocks the door to a better life for residents on our estates.

Events Committee

The committee’s work includes producing a calendar of events for staff to get involved in, and choosing one charity each year to support. For 2017 the committee has chosen to support and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Initiatives on Hanover estates

We have lots of exciting things already happening on our estates to support people living with dementia. Examples include memory activities, music and singing, film shows, physical games and exercises, board games, mindful colouring, intergenerational events, and hosting Dementia Alliance and Alzheimer’s Society events and meetings.

At Hanover we will continue to strive towards our Dementia Connect project goal of being able to say: ‘The way we work, the connections we make and the services we provide enable residents with dementia to live well at Hanover.’

Useful links and resources
Add a Twibbon

Support the Alzheimer Society’s campaign by adding their Unite against Dementia twibbon to your profile picture on Twitter and Facebook.

Dementia Friends

Learn about what it's like to live with dementia, and turn that understanding into action. Register here.

Dementia Champions

Trained volunteers who encourage others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. Find out more and sign up here.

Alzheimer’s disease

The Alzheimer’s Society has produced a helpful video explaining what Alzheimer’s disease is.

The dementia guide

A guide from the Alzheimer’s Society for anyone who has recently been told they have dementia.

Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020

The Government is to give local authorities access to an extra £3.5 billion for adult social care by 2020

Fundraising resources

The Alzheimer’s Society has a range of free fundraising packs and posters.

Hanover intergenerational case study

How the SNCEI Sustainable Communities North East Initiative is bringing older and younger people together.

Dementia in my Family

This report from the International Longevity Centre looks at taking an intergenerational approach to dementia and includes case studies such as a relatives club in Slovenia and educating secondary schools on dementia in Copenhagen.

Raising awareness in schools

Dementia Action Alliance on dementia friendly schools
Alzheimer’s Society free resources for schools and Intergenerational Schools Project