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Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group

Don’t face dementia alone

Dementia Awareness
The number of people being diagnosed with dementia is increasing, but NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is promoting the message that dementia sufferers don’t have to face the condition alone.

This week is Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May); the aim of the week is to make dementia less scary and encourage people to talk to someone if they are worried that they or someone close to them may have dementia.

There are approximately 850,000 people in the UK who have dementia and in Worcestershire alone there are more than 8,500 people who have been diagnosed with the condition, with the figure set to rise to over 10,000 by 2020.
This is why NHS Wyre Forest CCG is supporting the campaign, organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, and is encouraging people in Worcestershire to become a Dementia Friend. Anyone can become a Dementia Friend simply by watching a short video online or by attending a face-to-face information session to increase their understanding of the condition.

For further information about how to become a Dementia Friend, please visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk.

Dr Simon Rumley, Chair and Clinical Lead for NHS Wyre Forest CCG, said: “As you get older the risk of developing dementia increases, and it’s estimated that one in three people over the age of 65 will develop the condition, an incredibly high statistic.

“People with dementia can live well and if diagnosed early there are ways to slow it down and maintain mental function. 

“It’s important that people don’t face the condition alone, there are organisations like Alzheimer’s Society out there that can help. We also have over 10,000 dementia friends in Worcestershire, helping us take one step closer to creating a dementia-friendly society.”

Anyone that would like to talk through their concerns about dementia can speak with the Alzheimer’s Society by calling 0300 222 1122.

There are plenty of other ways that you can get involved in Dementia Awareness Week and these can be found on the Alzheimer’s Society website www.alzheimers.org.uk/remembertheperson.


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