I know I speak for many people when I say that someone close to me has had dementia. Many of us have had grandparents, parents and loved ones who have lived with dementia, and it is an emotional experience to watch someone you care for go through it.
“There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to 1 million by 2025”.
I picked up this stat today when visiting the team from the Alzheimer’s Society, who had brought their Dementia Community Roadshow to the Museum of Liverpool. The Roadshow is going all over the UK to help raise awareness of dementia, and the services that the charity has to offer to those living with dementia and their carers.
Families and carers provide vital support to many people living with dementia across the UK. In fact, there are currently 670,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK, and family carers of people with dementia save the UK over £8 billion a year.
At the Museum of Liverpool, we have a training programme called House of Memories dedicated to helping carers recognise some key skills and resources that can inform their practice and support people living with dementia. To acknowledge and understand an individual’s personal history and memory is of great value and significance - especially for people living with dementia – and by using a museum or other cultural venue such as a library or theatre, carers can help unlock memories that are waiting to be shared.