Residents and staff at Belmont House Care & Nursing Home in Stocksbridge swapped their uniforms and regular clothing for a day of denim wearing in support of Alzheimer’s Society. As part of Denim for Dementia day on Friday 21st May, everyone was encouraged to wear denim in exchange for a donation to Alzheimer’s Society.
Staff held a bake sale courtesy of Housekeeper Dominique who baked all the cakes to sell. The proceeds of the sale were donated to Alzheimer’s Society and residents had a great time enjoying their delicious home-baked treats. Denim for Dementia day takes place during Alzheimer’s Society’s annual Dementia Action Week. Led by Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Action Week is a national event that encourages the public to come together to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.
“We see the impact of dementia on people and their families every day at Belmont House,” said Home Manager Joanne Coldwell. “We are passionate about supporting people living with dementia to have the best quality of life possible for as long as possible. We are always keen to raise awareness both inside and outside our homes. Denim for Dementia is a simple but effective way that anyone can get involved.”
Research shows there are more than 850,000 people in the UK who are living with dementia. One in 14 people over the age of 65 have dementia, and the condition affects 1 in 6 people over 80. As people live longer the number of people with dementia is increasing. It is estimated that by 2040, the number of people living with dementia in the UK will be 1.6 million.