This autumn, people up and down the UK will come together to raise money for a world without dementia. Jodie Bull, Helping Hands Live-in Care Manager for the East Region, has seen first-hand how the right support can help people with Alzheimer’s and their families. She is proud to be taking part in the Chelmsford Memory Walk, and is keen for people to join her.
Bringing people together
Seeing how dementia can affect a family has been one of the reasons why Jodie decided to get involved in the Memory Walk. She hopes to raise £150, and is looking forward to contributing towards helping those affected by the condition.
“The customers and their families are so inspiring to me,” Jodie says. “There’s a choice of either a 1.5km or 6km walk and I’d love some of them to join me as well, the more the merrier!”
Jodie is also full of praise for the hard work that The Alzheimer’s Society does. She hopes that the £150 she aims to raise will further fund research into Alzheimer’s and help the Society to carry on supporting those affected and those close to them.
A personal inspiration
Jodie’s inspiration also comes from her own personal experiences. Her grandparents both lived with dementia, something which has stayed with her and given her such a strong understanding of the impact dementia can have on a family.
In her time with Helping Hands, Jodie has helped families going through the same challenging situation and is excited to be giving something back to them.
“I feel so privileged to be able to help other people,” she explains. “My customers and their families are all so lovely – they deserve more research to help fight such a cruel condition such as dementia.”
Living with dementia
According to The Alzheimer’s Society, dementia affects around 850,000 people in the UK. It’s estimated that one in 14 people over the age of 65 has dementia, though there are rare examples of people as young as 30 being affected – this is called early onset or young onset dementia.
Here at Helping Hands, all of our carers and support teams go through a dementia training programme in order to feel exactly what people living with dementia experience. By understanding exactly how people feel, we can learn how we can support them in the best possible way.
Show Jodie your support
The Essex Memory Walk will take place on September 17, starting at the Hylands Park in Chelmsford. You can join Jodie’s team simply by registering online here or you can donate to her page on Just Giving.
Good luck Jodie. Let’s all get together for a world without dementia.