Dementia Action Week is taking place this week - 16 to 22 May. This is the Alzheimer's Society biggest and longest running awareness campaign, with this year's theme focusing on diagnosis.

Dementia isn't a natural part of ageing and there are different types of dementia. Different types of dementia affect the brain in different ways and at different rates.

Dementia is one of the greatest challenges faced by society today and is likely to affect most of us one way or another during our lifetime. One in three people with develop dementia in their lifetime and one in nine people will have caring responsibilities. Therefore, its important to raise awareness of dementia and tackle the misconceptions and negative stigma often associated with dementia.

Diagnosis rates are at a five year low. A dementia diagnosis can be overwhelming but it is possible to live well with dementia.

There are lots of free resources and guides about dementia available online - the Alzheimer's Society website is a good starting point.

For those wondering, the small blue forget me not represents remembrance and is long associated with dementia. In 2021, the Alzheimer's Society launched the Forget Me Not Appeal. By wearing a blue forget me not pin badge, you can show your support for the Alzheimer's Society and people affected by dementia.