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WORLD ALZHEIMERS MONTH– 1st-30th September – World Alzheimer’s Day takes place on 21 September and is part of World Alzheimer’s Month. This year, we’re talking about the power of knowledge. World Alzheimer’s Day is an international campaign to raise awareness and highlight issues faced by people affected by dementia. It is an opportunity for people and organisations to demonstrate how we can overcome these issues and help people live well with dementia.

By learning more about dementia and understanding changes in memory and behaviour, you and your loved ones can feel empowered to reach out for the help and support you need. World Alzheimer’s Month is a global opportunity to raise awareness around, educate, encourage support for and demystify dementia.

The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month in 2021 is ‘Know dementia, know Alzheimer’s’.

Globally, dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face, with nearly 50 million people living with dementia worldwide. To tackle this global dementia challenge we need to work together and collaborate and share best practices with one another.

This is why Alzheimer’s Society has committed to working with partners on global research and campaigning, as well as sharing our learning, best practice and experience with one another.

This World Alzheimer’s Month, they are encouraging everyone to learn more about dementia. They have factsheets and booklets about dementia available to read online, download or order to your door.

You can also download our publications catalogue (PDF) for full details of all their print publications, accessible resources and practical tools.

This month Dementia UK is sharing your experiences of support after diagnosis, as well as how they can help you. Their specialist dementia nurses are here to help you throughout the process and to answer any questions and concerns you have. Find out how you can speak to a nurse through their free national Helpline or by booking a video or telephone appointment at a time that works for you.

The free, confidential Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline provides information, advice and support with any aspect of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Their Helpline is open Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm; every day except 25th December.

Situations where you might prefer to contact the Helpline:

  • if you need to speak to a nurse more urgently
  • if you would like to speak to a nurse in the evenings or over the weekend
  • if you prefer to use the phone rather than make a virtual face-to-face appointment
  • the Helpline nurses can also advise whether there is an Admiral Nurse service that you can access in your area

Their Closer to Home clinics gives you the chance to discuss any questions or concerns with a dementia specialist Admiral Nurse, at a time that suits you. Appointments are free and confidential and available from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm.

Currently, their clinic appointments can be held over the phone or online.

Situations where you might prefer to book a clinic appointment:

  • if you don’t need to speak to a nurse urgently and would like to pre-book an appointment at a time that is convenient for you
  • if you would prefer a face-to-face virtual appointment to a phone conversation

They are currently experiencing high levels of demand, with appointments booked one to two weeks in advance.

You can make a donation which will help Dementia UK grow the number of Admiral Nurses, giving more people affected by dementia the life-changing care that they need.

Whether you want to run, trek, cycle, bake or do your own thing to raise funds for Dementia UK, your support will help them provide more Admiral Nurses. With your help, no one will have to face dementia alone.

Source: Alzheimer’s UK Back Pain Blog Dementia UK

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