Article by BHM
January 30, 2021 at 8:45 am
Coronavirus has changed everything for people affected by dementia, and it will continue to impact their lives for many more months.
For almost 12 months now it has been heart-breaking. Family and friends have felt the pain and isolation of being cut off from loved ones living in care homes or struggling with the pressure of caring for their loved one at home alone.
Throughout the pandemic, Alzheimer’s Society’s online and phone support services have provided a lifeline and been an emergency service for people affected by dementia who may have nobody else to turn to.
People like Kevin and his wife Jeannette, who has dementia and is living in a care home. For the past two and a half years, Kevin has visited every single day. But multiple lockdowns have meant that the once inseparable couple have been kept apart for months on end. This separation and only being able to see Jean through a window left Kevin distraught.
Thanks to our incredible supporters, Kevin has been receiving weekly Companion Calls from Rachel, an Alzheimer’s Society volunteer.
‘I saw light at the end of the tunnel. I was so thankful because I knew that there was someone out there that would support me, that would help me. Someone I could talk to. That was my lifeline.’ Kevin, carer
Run the Brighton Half Marathon for Alzheimer’s Society and help show people like Kevin that they are not alone.
Join the race. Sign up to run for Alzheimer’s Society today.
Why your support matters
Our expert support staff have been there for tens of thousands of people affected by dementia when they’ve needed us the most. To date, we have answered over 37,500 calls to our Dementia Connect support line, provided online support to over 450,000 on our online community Talking Point, and made nearly 50,000 Companion Calls to over 2,700 people to help them feel less lonely.
These services have been a lifeline for many. Your support will help keep this lifeline on.
The benefits of joining Team Alzheimer’s Society
Join us to unite against dementia and in return we’ll support you every step of the way. Some of the benefits you will receive are:
- An Alzheimer’s Society running top to wear with pride on the day
- A fundraising pack and support from our dedicated events team to help you smash your fundraising target
- Access to our training zone, with training guides for all abilities as well as information from our professional coaches on everything you need to get you race-ready, including nutrition and tapering
- Access to a Facebook group so you can chat to other runners
- The biggest cheers on the course and motivational support on the big day
Join Team Alzheimer’s Society at the Brighton Half Marathon and your miles can provide crucial dementia support.