This week is Dementia Awareness Week and the launch of the hashtag #DoSomethingNew.
This campaign is based on either doing things you love, trying out something new or even pursuing your dreams, with the motto that ‘life doesn’t end when dementia begins’.
Ken, 61 has always wanted to be a singer, then he was diagnosed with Dementia in 2011. However, he has not let this stop him achieving his dream. On Sunday 12 April 2015, at Newcastle United Football Club, he performed for The X Factor!
Alzheimer’s Society are encouraging you all to get involved on social media with the hastags #DoSomethingNew and #DAW2015 and tag your friends to get them involved too.
For some creative ideas check out there website here but why not try getting involved with the charity itself as your something new.
There are many ways to get involved with Alzheimers Society, with the usual fundraising challenges and events. However, they also offer opportunities for people to become a Dementia Friend.
A Dementia friend is a program funded by the government with an aim to help improve people’s understanding of Dementia, how it affects people’s lives and the little things that we could all to do make a difference to the lives of people living with Dementia.
A Dementia friend can be anyone of any age and involves finding out about what it is like to live with dementia and then they can put this information into action. This can range from helping someone to find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia on social media, every action counts.
If this sounds like your #DoSomethingNew then click here for more information.
As part of the #DoSomethingNew campaign they are also kindly asking for a small donation of £3, just text NEW to 70660*.
You can also donate online here.
*Texts will be charged at your standard network rate. Alzheimer’s Society receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payers permission. Customer Care 0330 333 0804. Charity No. 296645.