A Day To Remember is a campaign to drive awareness of dementia, launched by the Department of Health with support from the Alzheimer’s Society.
It aims to increase early diagnosis rates for dementia across England by tackling the public’s fears of talking about the condition.
New research shows:
• Half of people (50 percent) say they would find it hard to talk about dementia to a friend or family member they thought might have it;
• A third (33 percent) say that personal concerns (such as fear of upsetting someone or feeling awkward or anxious) would discourage them from talking about dementia or memory loss with a friend or relative.
• That nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of people would not be confident telling the difference between the signs of dementia and the normal signs of ageing.
Sir Michael Parkinson, Fiona Phillips and Gordon Banks join forces in this video to talk about their experiences of alzheimer's and dementia in their families. They also discuss the importance of speaking up if you think a member of your family might be suffering from the condition, because early diagnosis can make the world of difference when it comes to treatment.
To learn more about A Day To Remember head over to www.nhs.uk/dementia and www.alzheimers.org.uk/toptips