I'M sure many of your readers will know of someone or are directly affected by dementia - in Somerset more than 9,000 people are living with the condition.

Our research shows that every three minutes, someone in the UK develops dementia.

Despite almost all of us knowing someone affected, two-thirds of people living with dementia report feeling isolated and lonely.

Many people are worried about 'saying the wrong thing' to someone with dementia, yet a friendly face or listening ear can make the world of difference.

This Dementia Action Week (May 20 to 26) Alzheimer's Society is encouraging everyone to take action by starting a conversation; whether it's calling a relative with dementia or visiting a neighbour, it's time to start talking!

We understand that it can be difficult to know what to say. But we're here to provide information and tips on how you can start a conversation.

To find out more about dementia and events taking place across Somerset visit alzheimers.org.uk/DAW


Alzheimer's Society Head of Region (South West)