1 in 3 people over the age of 65 will die with dementia. It is not a natural part of getting older it is caused by diseases such as Alzheimer‚Äôs, and it robs people of their lives. People with dementia and their carers can feel frightened, frustrated and isolated. But this needn‚Äôt be. While we work to find a cure, there are many ways we can alleviate some of the stress and fear, and support those affected.
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We do this partly through our central services which include: National Helpline ‚Äì last year our 2 man helpline was able to respond to 70 enquiries a day. Most people who contacted us were concerned relatives or carers, asking anything from help in their local area to more facts on dementia and how to deliver care. Fact sheets and newsletters ‚Äì these focus on specific issues such as ‚ÄòWhat if I have dementia‚Äô, ‚ÄòBenefits‚Äô and Safety at Home‚Äô. They allow us compile tailored information packs for our helpline and other enquirers, which meet their specific needs at that time. We also send out our national magazine, Living with dementia, to 28,000 carers and people with dementia each month. Packed full of inspirational stories, advice and discussion, it is a simple, but effective tool to help people share experiences and cope with the different problems dementia can bring. Website ‚Äì our website is a key information tool for anyone needing to know more about dementia. Through it, people can access our helpline, request factsheets, look for help in their local area and find out more on the latest research developments. Last year alone, we received over 1.2million visits. Talking point ‚Äì is our online support group accessed through the website. It provides 24-hour support primarily to carers, but also people with dementia. There are currently 6,500 members who discuss anything from feelings of guilt to nearing the end. Dementia Knowledge Centre ‚Äì Based at our central office in London and accessible through our website, this is England‚Äôs only dedicated collection of information on dementia. Anyone from people with dementia, carers, healthcare professionals, researchers to students, can contact the centre for the best quality information and latest developments in quality care and scientific research. Last year the centre received over 20,000 requests for information and more are anticipated this year as awareness of the service grows. By helping Alzheimer‚Äôs Society provide and develop these key services you will help people with dementia and their carers by informing them of their rights, the help available and ways which they can make the most of the time they have left. Thank you.
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