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World Alzheimer’s Day: Romford care home supports workers in caring for people with challenging disease

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:06 21 September 2018

Dementia is a worldwide challenge with nearly 50 million people and around 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. Picture: PA.

Dementia is a worldwide challenge with nearly 50 million people and around 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. Picture: PA.

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A Havering care home is trying to raise awareness about dementia by supporting World Alzheimer’s Day.

Bluebird Care Havering in Romford is working to raise awareness of dementia today (Friday, September 21) on World Alzheimer’s Day.

It’s care workers are dementia friends and have access to additional training.

The aim of World Alzheimer’s Day is not only to raise awareness but also to understand its impact on people’s lives and strategies to help people live comfortably with dementia.

Dementia is a worldwide challenge with nearly 50 million people and around 850,000 people in the UK.

It is caused by damage to the brain cells which impairs the ability of brain cells to connect with each other.

The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, with memory loss being one of the earliest symptoms.

Alvin Osei-Tutu, director of Bluebird Care Havering said: “Many of our customers already have or may develop dementia. It is important that we raise awareness and work together to tackle dementia.

“Our care workers are Dementia Friends and can undergo additional training to further their expertise and understanding of dementia.”

Hiliary Sweeney's campaign Start Caring calls on more support for dementia carers. Residents are invited to send a postcard with this design to their local MP.Hiliary Sweeney's campaign Start Caring calls on more support for dementia carers. Residents are invited to send a postcard with this design to their local MP.

Hilary Sweeney, 65, from Brentwood started the Start Caring campaign with the help of Rebekah McGraine which calls on the government to provide more funding for dementia carers.

Residents are invited to sign the Start Caring petition which currently has 757 signatures and to send one of the campaign’s postcards to their MP.

Hilary said: “So many of our carers are struggling because the support services are underfunded and understaffed.

“Sometimes carers have to deal with really difficult situations and it can affect their mental health.

“Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with dementia. Carers contribute £11.6m to our economy, and if they walked away the care system would collapse.”

Hilary was inspired to start the campaign after following stories on the Unforgettable Facebook page. She has also has a father-in-law living with dementia.

For more information about the campaign visit startcaring.co.uk and for more information visit about World Alzheimer’s Day visit https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/world-alzheimers-day.

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