There are 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia, with numbers set to rise to one million by 2025. Increasing local awareness about dementia is vital for creating dementia-friendly communities where those with dementia and their carers are able to have a better experience of living with the condition.
Whether you are directly affected by dementia, or would like to find out more about it, Kingston's annual programme of events to mark National Dementia Awareness Week can help you, your family and community to live well.
What is dementia?
The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease or a series of strokes. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse.
How can I live well with dementia?
There are lots of ways you, your family or carers can be supported so that the person who has dementia can keep doing the things they love and stay connected to their communities.
Events in Kingston
From the fun, with dancing, crafts and entertainment, to the informative, with talks, tours and workshops. Join a local event to find out how to live well with dementia. Many of the events listed are regular activities you can join throughout the year.
I'm worried and need advice
If you are worried about your memory or that of someone you care about it's important to get the right advice and diagnosis. Find out who to speak to in Kingston upon Thames and how to get in touch for more information.