Alzheimer’s Society’s research shows that many people are worried about ‘saying the wrong thing’ to people living with dementia. And despite almost all of us knowing someone affected, two-thirds of people living with dementia report feeling isolated and lonely.
That’s why this Dementia Action Week, we’re encouraging everyone to take action by starting a conversation with someone living with dementia they know; whether it’s calling a relative with dementia or visiting a neighbour, it’s time to start talking.
We understand that it can be difficult to know what to say. But we’ve teamed up with people affected by dementia to give you the best tips for getting a conversation started:
‘Talk to me, smile, be a little patient and give me time to reply.’
'A simple ‘hello’, ask about the weather, anything that you feel comfortable with.’
'Just be yourself and yes, we will make mistakes but it’s ok to laugh along with us.’
'I love it when people ask me questions. It gives me an opportunity to show that people with dementia exist, that we can still contribute to things going on around us and that life goes on. It makes me feel good. It makes me feel like me again'
'Just don’t ask if I remember.’
'Don’t be afraid. All it takes is a conversation to see we’re still us.’
If you’re still unsure on how to get the conversation started, we’re here to help you. Read our Ask Us Anything booklet for more tips and advice. You don’t have to be nervous saying the wrong thing either. We’ve got tips on what not to say to someone with dementia on our blog.
Even in the later stages of dementia when having a conversation might become difficult, keeping in touch means a lot. Seeing friends and loved ones brings feelings of happiness and comfort, and the ‘emotional memory’ remains with people living with dementia long after the memory of the visit may have gone.
Dementia Action Week events
Events will be taking place up and down the country for Dementia Action Week. From music festivals to information stands, there’s something for everyone.
Search for an event near you using your postcode.
Dementia Action Week materials
Download and order materials for Dementia Action Week.
- Order Dementia Action Week posters, flyers and booklets
- Download our posters, flyers and booklets
- Create your own Dementia Action Week event poster
Dementia Action Week will also see restaurants taking action by joining Dining4Dementia, which gives people living with dementia the opportunity to volunteer at restaurants.
Participating restaurant are represented with blue pins on the map above. Dining4Dementia will show that with the right support, people living with dementia can still contribute to the workplace.
Show your support and visit one of the restaurants taking part on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May.