Dementia Action Week at 17 & central

Dementia Action Week at 17 & central

Asking the same question, over and over again. It’s not called getting old, it’s called getting ill.

If you or a loved one are experiencing memory loss, it could be a sign of dementia.

Staff from the Council’s Intensive Dementia Outreach Service will be at 17 & Central on Friday, 20th May 2020 to raise awareness about dementia

Recent research, conducted with over 1000 people affected by dementia, shows that the misconception that symptoms like memory loss are a sign of normal ageing is the biggest barrier to people seeking a dementia diagnosis. This includes rapid forgetfulness, a type of memory loss common in dementia and often demonstrated by repeating the same information and questions.

With diagnosis rates at a five-year low, tens of thousands of people are now living with undiagnosed dementia. This means they don’t have access to the vital care and support that a diagnosis can bring.

Getting a diagnosis can be daunting, but we believe it’s better to know. And so do 91% of people affected by dementia.

What’s Dementia Action Week (16 May to 20 May 2022)?

Dementia Action Week is an awareness raising campaign. Each year, we work with individuals and organisations across the UK to encourage people to ‘act on dementia’.

This year’s campaign will run from 16-22 May and the theme is diagnosis.

Why has Alzheimer’s Society you chosen diagnosis as this year’s theme?

With a sustained drop in dementia diagnosis rates, Alzheimer’s society undertook research to understand the key barriers to and benefits from getting a diagnosis.

As well as the misconception around memory loss just being part of getting old, our research found being in denial and referral times to specialists are big barriers for those experiencing symptoms to seek a diagnosis.

We want to encourage those who might be living with undiagnosed dementia to:

• Be able to understand and recognise potential dementia symptoms
• Seek guidance and support from Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends
• Feel empowered to take the right next step
• Improve the diagnosis process for both them and healthcare professionals.

What are the benefits of getting a diagnosis?

Our research found 9 in 10 people affected by dementia said getting a diagnosis had befitted them and saw on average two to three benefits of getting a diagnosis.

It allowed them to plan for the future, receive practical advice, feel a sense of relief in knowing what the diagnosis was, and get medication to help manage the symptoms of dementia.

Getting a timely diagnosis is also important and can help people avoid a possible crisis. Of those we spoke to who waited to get a diagnosis for two or more years, 3 in 5 wished they had got that diagnosis sooner.

Empowering individuals and their families to seek a timely diagnosis and avoid reaching crisis point is vital.

What will be happening during Dementia Action Week?

Alzheimer’s Society are encouraging those who are concerned that they or a someone close to them may be experiencing signs of dementia to come to us for support. We’ll offer guidance and practical advice on what next steps to take, what to expect during and after the diagnosis process, and what support Alzheimer’s Society can offer throughout.

Find the free events planned in the Walthamforest here

Support and more information about a diagnosis is just a phone call or a click away. Visit or call 0333 150 345

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