Progress Housing Group held a series of events to support Dementia Awareness Week, which was held in May through the Alzheimer’s Society.  This was to encourage awareness and increase understanding of Dementia and also raise some money for this worthwhile cause.

Hundreds of thousands of families are touched by dementia every year and many people don't know where to turn.  This year, the focus of the Awareness Week was on encouraging anyone who is worried about dementia to confront their concerns and get in touch with Alzheimer's Society.

There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. This will soar to 2 million by 2051.  225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes.

During the course of the week Progress Housing Group raised over £100 for the Alzheimer’s Society and held awareness sessions which created 52 new Dementia Friends.  They are currently developing a ‘Dementia Friends’ programme to roll out to all their independent living schemes over the summer.

Samantha Beattie, Activities Coordinator for Progress Housing Group, said: “We have over 30 independent living schemes, some with extra care, so we are really keen to raise awareness of dementia and also to encourage people to become Dementia Friends. 

“Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.  Whether you attend a face-to-face Information Session or watch the online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.” 

Progress Housing Group also have their Progress Lifeline Service that provides support for thousands of vulnerable people through 24/7 remote monitoring, personal emergency pendant, telecare equipment and responder service.  For further information call them on 03333 204999.

If you're worried that you, or someone close to you, might have dementia, call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email helpline@alzheimers.org.uk for advice and support.