World Alzheimer's Day
Last updated: 11.28am, Wednesday 21st September 2016
Did you know 21st September is World Alzheimer’s Day?
The day aims to raise awareness for the most common cause of dementia – a term which describes a set of symptoms associated with an ongoing decline of the brain, which can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.
46.8 million people across the world are battling with dementia - a figure which is unfortunately supposed to double by 2030! There are 850,000 people living with the disease in the UK alone, with around 700,000 informal carers looking after someone with the condition.
There is currently no cure for Alzheimer's, although research into the disease is uncovering more about the condition, its causes, and ways to slow down the progression.
At The Ashton, we have a great understanding of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Our recently opened Dementia unit, “The Bennett Suite”, provides specialist care for up to 24 residents, and has been specially designed to provide a safe, welcoming environment for those with dementia. The floor’s walls are adorned with murals by local artist Julie Levington, creating a calming atmosphere and using images to trigger memories and reminiscence.
Our staff are fully trained and qualified to deal with all aspects of dementia, and to ensure that the best care and support is provided for each resident, according to their individual needs. Together with family and loved ones we get to know our residents in order to create an accurate picture of their life, so that we can ensure their ongoing happiness, comfort and wellbeing. Our open visiting hours mean that Residents families are welcome at all times. We are also working on new ways to involve families and friends on a daily basis.
We also offer a range of activities and alternative therapies that are designed to help people with memory impairment: our Specialist Activity Coordinators are able to work with those at all stages of dementia. Our home was designed with this in mind.
If you have any questions or concerns about your experience with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, we would be happy to chat more with you - please do get in touch, or why not visit www.alzheimers.org.uk for more information.