Taken at one of Alive Activities’ community allotments
There are currently around 900,000 people affected by dementia in the UK, and this is expected to increase by 16% by 2025. We spoke to some charities across the country, who have received our recent funding, to find out how they are helping to empower people affected by this condition.
This week is Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May) with the focus this year being on getting a timely diagnosis and preventing crisis. Many barriers hinder individuals from seeking help, including the misconception that memory loss is ‘just a sign of getting older’, the denial, and concerns about the long wait times to see a specialist. However, 91% of people who have already received a diagnosis firmly advocate for the importance of knowing.
During the pandemic, greater isolation meant that 82% of dementia sufferers reported a decline in their condition. Research carried out by Age UK and Alzheimer’s Society found that COVID heightened memory loss, agitation, and problems with concentration.
With an aging population and dementia on the rise, we have focussed our charitable grants towards initiatives aimed at reducing loneliness and isolation in later life, offering many communities the assistance they need to foster connections and combat the challenges faced by older adults.
A Bright Shadow creative session
How has the MCF funding helped make a difference so far?
Trent Dementia is a Nottingham based charity aiming to reduce social isolation and offer social support through wellbeing activities. Our grant has helped to support an empowerment project which establishes peer support groups for people with dementia and their carers. Up until now, the funding has enabled them to prepare 600 individual activity packs for people living with a diagnosis and those that support them.