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LETTER TO EDITOR: For ‘World Alzheimer’s Day’ this Tuesday, Revitalise offers a lifeline for people with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones

September 21, 2021

Dear Editor,

This Tuesday, 21st September, is ‘World Alzheimer’s Day’, dedicated to creating awareness of a disease that is the most prevalent form of dementia in the UK. For the 850,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in this country, it can effect memory and impair daily function and is often regarded as a family disease due to the impact it has on those closest to the person.  

I wanted to take the opportunity to share with your readers a little more about the charity I work for, Revitalise, who provide specialist respite care breaks for people with conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as their families and carers.

One of our guests is Alison, wife to Nigel, who has Cortico Basal Syndrome, a rare form of dementia. Adjusting to life as Nigel’s carer as well as his wife was very difficult for Alison, as she is totally accountable for Nigel, along with the house, finances and all other responsibilities. She had not had a break from her caring duties for five years, until she discovered Revitalise.  

Alison said: “The best thing about a Revitalise break is being with others on the same emotional and physical journey that we are on. Making new friends; learning from them; realising that I am not on my own and renewing friendships with staff and guests. There are so many hugs the first day and even more on the last day – magic.”

Revitalise breaks are a lifeline from the unrelenting pressures faced by carers, with purpose-built centres and expert care support. But they are also a great source of fun, with weekly live entertainment, daily activities, high quality hospitality and local excursions.

Revitalise have just opened holiday bookings for 2022 which include exclusive Early Bird discounts, giving guests huge savings if they book early. There will be two ‘Treasured Moments’ weeks next year for people with Alzheimer’s at their accessible centres: Jubilee Lodge in Essex and Sandpipers in Southport. The aim of these breaks is to create a supportive but stimulating environment where carers and their loved ones can enjoy a quality break together alongside care support from the Revitalise team, allowing them to shed the labels of ‘carer’ and ‘cared for.’ 

To enquire about the specialised breaks available at Revitalise, call 0303 303 0145, email bookings@revitalise.org.uk or visit revitalise.org.uk/early-bird

Devon Prosser, Revitalise
www.revitalise.org.uk  

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