Today marks #WorldAlzheimersDay, and here at Acton Banks we’re raising awareness of this debilitating disease, by sharing information, personal accounts of loved-ones affected by the disease and also by wearing purple to mark the day, and encouraging other to do the same!
Did you know….
Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting between 50 and 75 per cent of those diagnosed.
There are currently around 850,000 people with the disease in the UK. This is projected to rise to 1.6 million by 2040.
209,600 will develop the disease this year, that’s one every three minutes.
There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease or any other type of dementia. Delaying the onset of dementia by five years would halve the number of deaths from the condition, saving 30,000 lives a year.
Acton Banks’ Bookings Manager, Michael, has witnessed the effects of the disease first hand, helping his Grandad Ernie, who suffered with the disease. Michael shares his story with us….
Alzheimer’s disease has always played a large part of my adult life in both a work and personal environment. I worked in the healthcare industry for many years as both a HCA and a Senior Carer, the skills and experience I gained during this time has had a profound effect on me as a person.
In my personal life, my granddad, who is no longer with us, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia and lived with the condition for many years. The effects are devastating; from not recognising his own family and friends, to losing his independence, and watching his dignity slipping away from him.
My grandad was fortunate not only to be cared for by his family for many years but also to have amazing carers when the time came for him to live in a residential home.
I am very passionate about my job as I have seen first hand the impact of the disease and the importance that knowledge and training plays from a Carer’s point of view.
When a kind, loving and thoughtful carer comes in contact with a person living with Alzheimer's the effects can be incredible on both the resident and their families. Promoting independence, dignity and being kind to a person can go miles and I can’t thank our Acton Banks carers and nurses enough, who show kindness, consideration and compassion to those living with Alzheimers every single day.
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