Dementia Action Week 16 - 21 May 2022

What is Dementia Action Week?

Led by Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Action Week is a national event that sees the public coming together to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. This year they are encouraging people to ‘Act on Dementia’ and the theme is ‘Diagnosis’.

If you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss, it could be a sign of dementia.

Our research shows that the misconception around memory loss being a sign of normal ageing is the biggest barrier to people seeking a dementia diagnosis.

With diagnosis rates falling to a five-year low, we want to encourage those who might be living with undiagnosed dementia to come to us for guidance and support and feel empowered to take the next step.

Getting a diagnosis can be daunting, but we believe it’s better to know. And so do 91% of people affected by dementia.

Why have Alzheimer’s Society chosen diagnosis as this year’s theme?

With a sustained drop in dementia diagnosis rates for the first time ever, we undertook research to understand the key barriers and benefits of getting a diagnosis.
As well as the misconception around memory loss just being part of getting old, our research found being in denial, and referral times to specialists, are big barriers for those experiencing symptoms to seek a diagnosis.

This Dementia Action Week, we want to encourage those who might be living with, or close to someone who might be living with, with undiagnosed dementia to:
•    be able to understand and recognise potential dementia symptoms
•    come to us for guidance and support
•    feel empowered to take the next step
•    improve the diagnosis process for both them and healthcare professionals.  

Dementia Friends Awareness Sessions 2022

10.4.2022 Sunday 10am
10.5.2022 Tuesday 6pm
11.6.2022 Saturday 10am
11.7.2022 Monday 6pm
14.8.2022 Sunday 10am
13.9.2022 Tuesday 6pm
15.10.2022 Saturday 10am
14.11.2022 Monday 6pm
11.12.2022 Sunday 10am

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 886 9816 5857     Passcode: 771584

What are Dementia Friendly Ilkley doing during this week?

Please see the plan below, please feel free to come and have a chat to pick up leaflets and other information.

What can you do? We are looking for volunteers to join us in helping make Ilkley Dementia Friendly. If you are interested, please get in touch.

May Morning Afternoon
16th   Dementia Friends
17th Social Prescriber
at the Library
18th   Afternoon Cafe at CFC
with Activities
19th   TBA
20th   Social Prescriber
at the Library
21st Dementia Friends
Stazione Collection

Dementia Friends Carers Group, Weekly

Do you care for somebody living with dementia? Do you have questions, concerns? Would you like to be able to talk to somebody about it?  Everybody welcome, join us when you want, no regular commitment required.  

Sally CB of Dementia Friendly Ilkley Action is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting every Saturday at 11am.

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 884 1927 0355    Passcode: 331154

World Alzheimer’s Day – Wed Sept 21st 2022

World Alzheimer’s Day – Wed Sept 21st 2022


World Alzheimer’s Day is celebrated on September 21 each year. On this day, the world concentrates its efforts on creating awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. The disease is among the most prevalent forms of dementia; a set of disorders that disrupt mental function. World Alzheimer’s Day is the perfect opportunity for us to raise our voices and find new ways of fighting the disease’s effects.


Do you shop at the Co-op in Ilkley? Are you a Co-op member? Would you like to support us in making Ilkley a more dementia-friendly town? 


From 24 October 2021 to 22 October 2022 Co-op members can choose to raise funds for the Co-op's selected causes. For every £1 members spend on selected Coop branded products and services, 2p will go towards supporting our work at DFIA. The same amount will support community organisations and local causes like us! The money raised will be split equally between: Local Community Fund. (Members have raised £84 million for over 25,000 causes since 2016) & Community Partnerships Fund. (national organisations).

Please support our cause by visiting, sign in and select Dementia Friendly Ilkley Action as your chosen cause. You may then collect rewards and contribute to our cause, by swiping or scanning your membership card when you shop. Why not let your friends and family know too!

The Dementia Guide 2021

The Dementia Guide 2021 as supplied by the Alzheimer's Society and the NHS.

Please click the image below to download/view the actual PDF of the Guide to read offline. (File size is approx 15Mb).

cover of the Dementia Guide 2021 as supplied by the Alzheimer's Society

Living Well With Dementia Self Care 2021

If you can only see one page of this PDF, please download from This Link

Keeping Well at Home

If you can only see one page of this PDF, please download from This Link

Ilkley's New Memory Corner

If you wish to download this, please click This Link

World Alzheimer’s Day 2021

Alzheimer’s Disease International

21 September also marks World Alzheimer’s Day. For ADI, World Alzheimer’s Day typically coincides with the launch of our World Alzheimer Report. In 2021, our report will focus on diagnosis.

This year’s campaign will shine a light on the warning signs of dementia, encouraging people to seek out information, advice and support, as well as contacting the Alzheimer’s or dementia association in their country.  

It is only through a truly global effort that we can raise much-needed awareness and challenge the stigma and misinformation that still surrounds dementia, and we are calling on everyone to do something during September, however small or large, through our campaign ‘Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s’.


If you’re worried about your memory, or that of someone you know, visit the Alzheimer's Website you’ll find lots of information and support on getting a diagnosis, or what to do after a diagnosis – including accessing dementia support. Alternatively, you can call the Dementia Connect Support Line on 0333 150 3456.


Worried about your memory resource booklet:

Read more: World Alzheimer’s Day 2021

Tips to help carers keep a person safe in hot weather

While many people enjoy the sun in gardens, parks and outdoor spaces, it's important to be mindful of health risks too. Hot weather can cause discomfort and a risk of dehydration – particularly for those living with dementia. If you have a loved one living with dementia, take note of these ways to support them while temperatures are high.

Read the full article on the Alzheimer’s Society Newsletter