Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said: “After spending time with friends and family over the festive period, New Year can be a bleak and lonely time for people with dementia and their carers. It’s so important for people with dementia to feel connected throughout the year.
“Spending time with loved ones and taking part in meaningful activities can have a powerful and positive impact, even if they don’t remember the event itself. We’re urging people to get in touch with us and find out how we can help you stay connected.”
However the charity says that people’s busy lives often mean they don’t manage to follow up on these good intentions, leaving many living with dementia feeling isolated.
A video by so-called Islamic State featuring a man and a young boy with British accents is “desperate stuff” from a group that is “losing territory”, Prime Minister David Cameron says.
In a separate survey by the charity of 300 people affected by dementia, more than half said they were no longer taking part in any, or hardly any, social activities.