Supporting Dementia in Knowsley

Published on: Monday, 12-May-2014

Knowsley Council is supporting the Dementia Friends campaign, launched by Public Health England and the Alzheimer’s Society, last week.

The campaign aims to support people with dementia to continue to live safe, dignified and as far as possible, fulfilling lives.

Daniel Clark, aged 67 from Huyton, was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia three years ago following a stroke.

With 16 grandchildren, aged between 3 and 23 years, and two great grandchildren, Daniel has always been very active and always on the go.

However, in the three days leading up to his diagnosis, Daniel found he couldn’t sleep, didn’t want to get up or get dressed, became forgetful and angry – all characteristics which were not Daniel.

He attended his GP and follow-up assessments, including memory tests, were carried out at home which confirmed he had Vascular Dementia.

Daniel and his wife, Cathy, receive a lot of support from their family, Admiral Nurses, and the Alzheimers Society, who are always a phone call away when support is needed. They attend the Alzheimers breakfast club in Prescot every two weeks – which the Clark’s call the “welcome cafe” – socialising, supporting one another, helping with fundraising ideas and activities for the Alzheimers Society.

Mrs Clark said “I fully support campaigns which helps to raise awareness about dementia – it is a silent illness and unless you are living with someone or know someone who has been diagnosed with dementia, you wouldn’t know. Many people don’t realise Daniel is ill as there aren’t any physical signs.”

“There is support available in the borough to those who have been diagnosed with dementia as well as those who are looking after people with dementia – my advice is to access all of the support available. I would also recommend signing up to become a Dementia Friend. Small things really can make a big difference.”

To find out more about the support available in Knowsley, contact the Alzheimer’s Society Knowsley on 0151 426 4433 or visit www.alzheimers.org.uk

Public Health England and the Alzheimer’s Society are aiming to create a network of a million Dementia Friends across England by 2015. Dementia Friends gives people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do that can make a difference to people living with dementia - from helping someone find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia. For further information about Dementia Friends, or to sign up, visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk