September marks World Alzheimer’s Month, a global campaign to raise awareness, educate, encourage support of and demystify dementia. Dementia Jersey is encouraging islanders to take this opportunity to get involved and help create a dementia friendly island.
The main focus of World Alzheimer’s Month is the power of knowledge – chosen to raise awareness and inspire people to learn more about dementia and understand changes in memory and behaviour so they can feel empowered to reach out for help and support if needed.
The charity has a number of events and activities planned throughout the month. Here’s how you can get involved and show your support:
Step up and fight dementia by signing up to the Memory Walk on Sunday 18th September 2022. The aim of the walk is to give islanders an opportunity to remember loved ones and help raise funds to support the 1,600 people in Jersey living with dementia
There are two ways people can get involved in the Memory Walk; joining the official Dementia Jersey walk or choosing their own preferred route. The official 5k route for the Memory Walk is from La Fregate to St Brelade’s Parish Hall and will start at 10.30am on 18th September. For more information, visit www.dementia.je/memorywalk2022
Dementia Jersey staff and volunteers will be at Pride, in the Community Tent, on Saturday 10th September, from 2pm to 7pm, at People’s Park. They will be on hand to answer questions about dementia and the support available.
Dementia Jersey will also be on Brook Street, opposite Voisins, on Wednesday 21st September, 10.00am to 2pm – which is World Alzheimer’s Day, to answer any questions and provide information. You will also be able to purchase one of their much-loved canvas bags.
Dementia Jersey volunteers and corporate partners will be at Coop Grand Marche St Helier on Wednesday 21st September, from 12pm to 5pm to help raise money for the charity – keep an eye out for Dementia Jersey purple branded buckets.
All funds raised will go towards helping local people living with dementia.
Closer to Home
Dementia Jersey will have an information stand at the Closer to Home event at Age Concern (for over 55s and carers) on Tuesday 20th September to give islanders the opportunity to find out more about the charity and learn more about dementia through attending a Dementia Friends session.
Dementia Friends Session
Dementia Jersey will be hosting their monthly Dementia Friends session at the Library on Wednesday 28th September from 12.45 to 2pm. These hour long sessions are free to attend and give islanders the opportunity to gain more of an understanding of what it’s like to live with dementia and how to turn that understanding into action to help support others living with dementia. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your space.
Throughout the month of September, Dementia Jersey’s education team will also be delivering Dementia Friends sessions to key organisations within the community, including States of Jersey Police, the honorary police, the staff at Coop and RBSI.
Carer’s Recharger Event
Dementia Jersey has organised a Carer’s Recharger Event, which is an afternoon especially designed for carers of people with dementia. The event, which is kindly being sponsored by Jersey Freemasons, will allow those attending, the opportunity for some respite and includes a visit to a National Trust site, tour of La Mare Wine Estate and a three course lunch at a local hotel.
Claudine Snape, CEO Dementia Jersey comments: “Dementia is the fastest growing disease in Jersey due to our ageing population. Demand for our services has gone through the roof, and appointments with our dementia advisors increased from 336 in 2019 to 1,416 in 2021. World Alzheimer’s Month is all about raising awareness and expanding knowledge within the community. We’d love for as many people as possible to get involved, whether it’s popping to one of the information stalls for a chat or signing up to our Memory Walk – the more islanders there are with an understanding of dementia, the closer we get to making Jersey a dementia friendly island.”
Dementia Jersey is the only charity that exists locally to support the 1,600 islanders affected by dementia. The charity provides advice, support and information to those affected by dementia, and to the wider community to help educate and make Jersey a dementia friendly island.
About Dementia Jersey
The charity offers a range of therapeutic activities for those living with dementia, specialised dementia advice, including counselling, support groups and education talks to raise awareness. Find out more www.dementia.je
Please follow the charity on social media @Dementia_Jersey to keep up to date on news, events and awareness campaigns.
Our aim is to not only help those affected by the diseases falling under the dementia umbrella, but to also raise awareness and educate islanders to help remove the stigma and to help make Jersey a truly dementia friendly island.
There are currently around 1,600 people with dementia in Jersey and we estimate one in ten islanders will have had some experience of supporting someone affected. With an ageing population, the number of people with dementia are set to double within a generation.
Did you know?
Did you know it costs over £350,000 each year to fund the services of the Dementia Jersey, almost all of which is supported by fundraising.