How you are helping this Christmas

Kevin with his arm around his wife Jean

A Christmas thank you

Our work would not be possible without our generous supporters. You have helped us be there for people affected by dementia through an incredibly difficult year. We could not have done it without you.

This year has been tough for everyone, but it has had a disproportionate impact on people affected by dementia.

Older, more vulnerable people with dementia are at increased risk from coronavirus. Family and friends have felt the pain and isolation of being cut off from loved ones living in care homes, or struggling with the pressure of caring for their loved one at home alone.

This Christmas, it is more important than ever to support everyone affected by dementia and help them cope over the winter months.

How you have helped Kevin

Kevin’s wife Jeanette has dementia and is living in a care home. For the past two and a half years, Kevin visited her every single day.

In March, lockdown meant the once inseparable couple have been kept apart. The separation and only being able to see Jean through a window left Kevin distraught.

A turning point for Kevin has been receiving weekly Companion Calls from Rachel, an Alzheimer’s Society volunteer. The pair have now been speaking every week for over 30 weeks.

‘I saw light at the end of the tunnel. I was so thankful because I knew that there was someone out there that would support me, that would help me. Someone I could talk to. That was my lifeline.’

Kevin’s story

Watch Kevin talk about Companion Calls in this short video:

You’re helping thousands more people like Kevin

Thanks to your generous donations, we have been able to be there for people affected by dementia when they need us most. 

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Welfare calls made by our Dementia Advisers to people affected by dementia. More >

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Calls received to our Dementia Connect support line. More >

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Companion Calls made - and over 3,000 people were helped to feel less lonely. More >

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People visited our online community, Talking Point. More >

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