National Dementia Week

 the logo for the Alzheimer's Society in blue and green text

This week is National Dementia Awareness week 2013, when as the name says charities and organisations are working to raise awareness of  dementia and importantly the person behind it.

I have decided to share a useful resource with you , one that will increase in demand as the cases of dementia are set to raise as we all live longer.

Memory Alzheimers Cafes UK Directory

Above is the logo for the Memory & Alzheimer’s Cafe Directory.

A small logo making a huge difference to so many peoples lives.

So far Andy Francis has 211 Memory and Alzheimer’s Cafes registered here.

These cafes offer a welcoming and safe environment for people who have dementia and their carers. It is a chance for company and stimulation and for carers to share their thoughts and discuss difficulties with someone who really understands as they face the same challenges on a daily basis. I have to admit I have not yet had personal experience of caring for a loved one with dementia and as am not in the position to know how it feels, but many do.

Andy’s site offers help and advice for anyone wanting to start a Memory cafe, a Directory on the ones already in operation and a  LINKS page. This has some very interesting and useful websites to visit including Caron Cares !

Andy also as a useful and interesting “News and Events” section.

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Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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