LETTER: get involved with Dementia Awareness Week

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With 16,252 people living with dementia in Surrey and numbers set to rise, we want your readers to get involved during Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Awareness Week (17th -23rd May).

Dementia can affect a person’s relationships, leaving them feeling isolated and alone but we try to keep people connected to their lives and the people who matter most.

It’s important to keep the spotlight on dementia and Dementia Awareness Week provides the perfect opportunity to do that.

Life doesn’t end when dementia begins and new experiences can bring joy to a person’s life even as memories fade. That’s why, to mark Dementia Awareness Week, I’d like to encourage your readers to ‘do something new’ and help raise awareness of the condition. From dining at a new restaurant to abseiling from a bridge, everyone can play their part.

People can share their photos of them ‘doing something new’ by tweeting us @AlzSocSEEngland or posting on our Facebook page @Alzheimer’s Society – South East England using the hashtags #DoSomethingNew for #DAW2015.

Chris Wyatt, Alzheimer’s Society regional operations manager for the South East