[ July 14, 2014 ]
When an individual becomes affected by Dementia, chances are a family member or close friend will end up caring for them.
New reports have suggested that thousands of working relatives and friends will end up taking care of someone diagnosed with dementia. In simple terms, they become a carer.
These new reports from Public Health England have predicted that this year alone 66,000 people who care for someone with dementia will have to make adjustments at work and another 50,000 people will actually have to quit their job. In light of these predictions, an awareness campaign is being launched.
The Dementia Friends initiative is aiming to take a new approach in order for people to gain more knowledge about dementia and how to care for someone affected by the disease, enabling them to live well and more effectively. Users can watch a short online video that explains all the key aspects of dementia or alternatively they can attend a face-to-face awareness session, which is run by the Alzheimer’s Society charity in their local area.
The average individual who is diagnosed with dementia have been in their current job role for at least 9 years. Unfortunately, those affected whilst still working will have to take an early retirement. Although with more support from employers, there’s a possibility they could work for longer.