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Dementia Awareness Week: a reflective thought
Last week (15th to 21st May) was Dementia Awareness Week 2017. A time to actively increase knowledge and understanding of dementia, it presents an ideal opportunity to pause and reflect on the relationship between loneliness and dementia.
Something that has been the subject of debate in recent years, evidence around whether or not loneliness is itself a cause of dementia is inconclusive. What is more certain, however, is that loneliness can compound the impact of dementia, and that those living with dementia benefit from maintaining social connectivity, exactly this being the major theme of the Alzheimer's Society's Dementia 2013 report.
The Alzheimer's Society supports a range of activities that are designed to combat loneliness throughout the year, such as the Dementia Friends initiative.
Care Messenger®, who are currently offering an investment opportunity on the GrowthFunders platform, is essentially a simple way of digitally connecting with those who are uncomfortable with technology. Early adoption of this solution will increase confidence in the system and become as natural as turning on the TV.
Speaking to Paul Slaughter, CEO of Care Messenger®, on the topic of Dementia Awareness Week and how their products and service can assist sufferers and their families, Paul explained:
'Dementia Week' is about raising awareness of those who are affected by this condition and their families and friends. Care Messenger® is a powerful way to help engage early dementia sufferers with old photos and memories to potentially delay the onset of degeneration with active stimulation of such memories.
Being isolated can exacerbate both mental and physical conditions including dementia and we believe Care Messenger® can be of help to those with early symptoms of this condition. Adopting this system early on has the potential to help people feel more connected and engaged.
Dementia is a degenerative disease. With 850,000 people with dementia in the UK (and numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025), it's something many of us have, or will have, direct experience with with close friends and family.
Awareness of it in general is key to the continued work into the research required to, ultimately, provide a cure. And whilst this cure may unfortunately still be some way off, products such as Care Messenger® are going a long way to supporting those suffering directly, their family and their health care professionals.
Care Messenger® is currently raising £550,000 in exchange for 21.57% equity on GrowthFunders. Click here to view the investment offer. Please note your capital is at risk and the value of your investment can go down or up.