MANY readers will know of someone or are directly affected by dementia – in Cheshire more than 21,325 are living with the condition.

Our research shows that every three minutes, someone in the UK develops dementia. Despite most of us knowing someone affected, twothirds of people living with dementia report feeling isolated and lonely.

Many people are worried about ‘saying the wrong thing’, 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.

Steve Green

Alzheimer's Society