Encompass Development’s Hub Manager Joella Hawkswell and Customer Relations Officer Alex Shepherdson get into the christmas spirit today by dressing as Elves in order to raise funds for our charity of the year, Alzheimer’s Society.
Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia today.
Here are 5 things you should be aware of when it comes to dementia:
- Dementia is not a natural part of the ageing process – We all forget a name or a face sometimes, especially as we get older, but dementia is something different.
- Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain – Diseases such as Alzheimer’s cause the nerve cells to die, damaging the structure and chemistry of the brain.
- It’s not just about losing your memory – Dementia does often start by affecting the short-term memory. Someone with dementia might repeat themselves and have problems recalling things that happened recently. But dementia can also affect the way people think, speak, perceive things, feel and behave.
- People can still live well with dementia – Although there is no cure for dementia, scientist and researchers are working hard to find one. Until that day comes, support and treatments are available that can help with symptoms and managing daily life. These can allow people with dementia to lead active, purposeful lives and carry on doing the things that matter to them most.
- Alzheimer’s Society is there for anyone affected by dementia – they provide expert information for anyone affected by Dementia.
Through research, we’re learning more about Dementia every day. Researchers are working with people with Dementia and their families to look into the causes of the disease.
They’re looking at how it might be prevented and diagnosed earlier, and how to improve quality of life for people living with the condition. The more we understand, the more we can do to help people stay independent and live the life they want for as long as possible. However we need your help to do this!
If you would like to donate to our worthy cause, please visit our Just Giving page