15 May 2023
A new factsheet filled with information about dementia is available for Derbyshire Police Federation members.
The free guide has been produced for Dementia Action Week (15 to 21 May), an awareness-raising campaign run by the Alzheimer’s Society. This year’s theme is diagnosis.
The booklet includes information on the signs and symptoms that could indicate a person has dementia as well as the next steps after a diagnosis.
It also contains advice on caring for someone with dementia and signposts to support and sources of information.
Derbyshire Police Federation chair Tony Wetton said: “Dementia Action Week is an important opportunity to raise awareness of the condition and provide a support with people who have been diagnosed with it and their carers.
“This guide aims to provide advice and to answer questions about dealing with a diagnosis and what to do next.”
It is one of three produced for May by Police Mutual, which provides financial services and welfare support to the police service.
May is National Walking Month and Police Mutual’s guide sets out the health benefits of walking.
The physical health advantages include helping to lose or maintain a healthy weight, regulate blood pressure and cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease.
The mental health benefits include improving your mood, helping you sleep better and reducing anxiety.
A Women’s Health Guide is also available. It provides information on the main physical health issues women face, including fertility and pregnancy, cancers and menopause as well as mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders.