Residents at our Housing with Support schemes held a cupcake day to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Alzheimer’s can be a taboo subject but residents of Innes House and Leypark Court joined in with a national awareness day by holding a cupcake and coffee morning to raise money for the charity as Housing with Support Officer Debbie Kay-McPherson explains:
“As a Dementia Champion for the organisation I think it’s important to raise awareness around the subject. Housing with Support Officers have experience of Dementia and the effects that it has on the person, their family and friends and the knock on effect to Health and Welfare.
“It was a great privilege to be able to hold our Alzheimer’s coffee morning today at Innes House and for all of us to talk openly about what is usually a scary subject.”
The residents managed to raise over £500 over two days which is a brilliant return for the Alzheimer’s Society. PCH is a recognised Dementia Friendly organisation which means that our staff have received training on how to deal with people who may be suffering from these
Jan Ashworth, a resident of Leypark Court said: “We’re really pleased to have raised such a good amount – it was a really popular morning and Dementia is something that could affect any of us at any time so we felt it was a really worthwhile cause.”
Dementia is not a natural part of ageing and it doesn’t just affect older people. Over 40,000 people under the age of 65 in the UK have dementia. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease cause nerve cells to die, which damages the structure and chemistry of the brain.
There are lots of other causes and no two types of dementia are the same. It isn’t just about memory loss either. Some of the common symptoms include:
- Difficulties concentrating
- Problems planning and thinking things through
- Struggling with familiar daily tasks
- Issues with language and communication
- Problems judging distances
- Mood changes and difficulty controlling emotions
People can still live well with dementia though. Support and treatments are available that can help with symptoms and managing daily life which allows people with dementia to live active, purposeful lives and carry on doing the things that matter to them.
There is expert information and support available to anyone affected by dementia from the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.