Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. Every year, World Alzheimer’s Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and tackle the stigma that surrounds dementia.
You can help cure the stigma of dementia by doing six little things. To find out more about the six easy ways you can help, read our tips below. It’s just about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things you can do to help people with the condition.
1 – Learn the facts
Find out about dementia and how it affects people who have it. That way you will know what to do to help them. Share your knowledge with friends, families and workmates. The more people there are who know about dementia, the easier things will become for the people who have it.
2 – Help me join in
Don’t write someone off because they have dementia. Dementia affects everyone who has it in a different way. It does get worse over time but, with a little help from others, people with dementia can live good lives and keep their daily routines going for many years.
3 – Use kind words
People often joke about dementia. They forget it is a fatal condition. They make light of dementia. Using words such as ’losing their marbles’ or ‘going gaga’ can be hurtful. It also causes people to hide their dementia.
4 – Talk to me
Not knowing what to say to someone with dementia can stop people talking to them. Many people say that they become invisible as soon as they tell others they have dementia. This can be hurtful. So, don’t be afraid. Give it a go and keep on talking!
5 – Be patient
There are little things everyone can do to help someone with dementia. Giving someone a bit more time in a queue is one. Giving a person time to find their words if they are having problems speaking is another. Help them keep doing the things they do every day.
6 – Be a friend
Keep in touch. Social contact can help slow down the progress of dementia. The support of friends and family helps someone with dementia stay connected and part of their community. Show your support by becoming an Alzheimer Scotland ‘Dementia Friend’.