There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. These numbers are set to rise to over one million by 2025 and are estimated to soar to over two million by 2051. Dementia is often hidden away, unspoken of or ignored at a time when the person living with dementia and their family and carers are most in need of support.
Alzheimer’s disease is just one of many types of dementia and is usually a disease of the elderly but it can sometimes strike people at a much younger age. Being diagnosed, at whatever age, can be very distressing for the individual and also for their family and friends.
“It occurred to me that at one point it was like I had two diseases — one was Alzheimer’s, and the other was knowing I had Alzheimer’s.”
— Terry Pratchett
At Cedars Castle Hill we understand how hard this difficult diagnosis is to come to terms with and to manage for sufferers and their loved ones and we know it can be an extremely upsetting decision to place a loved one into a care home. But for those suffering from this disease and for those who care for them it is often the kindest and safest outcome. To make this transition as easy as possible we do our very best to make our residents feel cared for, respected and safe and to make their environment as comfortable and homely as possible. We really do understand and have the knowledge needed to tackle Alzheimer’s through understanding what it is and how to support those who are affected by it. We also know well the benefits of positive communication and the importance of individualised, person-centred care.
Alzheimer’s is a horrible disease and for those who suffer from it this moving poem sums it up beautifully.
Do not ask me to remember
Do not try to make me understand
Let me rest and know you’re with me
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand
I’m confused beyond your concept
I am sad and sick and lost
All I know is that I need you
To be with me at all cost
Do not lose your patience with me
Do not scold or curse my cry
I can’t help the way I’m acting,
Can’t be different though I try
Just remember that I need you
That the best of me is gone
Please don’t fail to stand beside me
Love me till my life is done.
September is World Alzheimer’s Month and 21st September is World Alzheimer’s Day. If you wish to find out more or wish to get involved please click on the link below