World Alzheimer’s month is run by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) . The campaign began in 2012 to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia, and we wanted to make sure that those affected by dementia know that we’re here for them.
Revitalise creates specialised holidays for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their carers. A few times a year, we host Treasured Moments weeks for them to come and enjoy a proper holiday with their loved ones. We tailor the excursions and activities to suit the individual needs of our guests because we know just how valuable it is for both guest and carer to be given the freedom to have a proper break.
James Agerholm is currently volunteering with Revitalise in the London office and here he shares some insight into the ways in which people living with dementia can improve their lifestyle.
So let’s talk about dementia…
1. What is Alzheimer’s and dementia?
Alzheimer’s is a disease that effects one in every six individuals who are over eighty. Its symptoms, dementia being the most significant of them, are often progressive – although the rate of this varies widely. Two out of three people globally believe that there is little or no understanding of dementia in their countries.
2. What can it affect and is there a cure?
The brain is an extremely regenerative and a flexible organ which allows it to recuperate and, although there is yet a cure, it has been demonstrated that holistic activities can reduce the impact that Alzheimer’s might cause. Just having a conversation with a friend, going to yoga classes or visiting a play have been shown as proven factors of improving the lifestyles of patients.
3. 10 signs to look out for
4. How are Alzheimer’s and dementia best managed?
As a rule of thumb reducing the levels of stress is the main goal in any holistic or therapeutic event because the negative impact on dementia patients can create excess disabilities. Therefore, creating a supportive environment for individuals with dementia have been revolved around sets of therapeutic goals where they are in familiar settings, along with prosthetic supports that help them to compensate with changing abilities, better support for independence, and use of residual abilities and their well-being.
If you’d like to find out more about our Treasured Moments holidays, call our friendly holiday advisers on 0303 303 0145.