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Social Media And Dementia Support

'Time For A Cuppa'

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As Dementia UK’s annual event ‘Time for a Cuppa’ is taking place this week, it felt only fitting to have a look at what Social Media is currently doing to help those suffering from dementia.

With all the bad press social media has been receiving recently, it’d nice to hear of it using its endless powers for good, rather than evil.

So what is Social Media doing for dementia sufferers at the moment?

- Dementia Friends – an Alzheimer’s Society initiative– encourages people to develop their understanding of what it is like to live with dementia. They recently have been targeting more young people, to try to create an entire dementia friendly generation. And of course, what’s the quickest way to reach the youth of today? Social media.

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1 in 3 young people know someone with dementia, so they are being asked to post a photo and write about a friendship or memory on their social media accounts. They then can tag friends and then ask others to become a Dementia Friend using the hash tag: #favouritefriendmemory.

The campaign was launched last May and there are already over 1 million Dementia Friends signed up.

- The development of a Facebook app called FaceDementia by Alzheimer’s Research UK is also an innovative way to experience what thousands of people go through daily. The app aims to raise awareness by simulating the symptoms of Dementia by scrambling your Facebook information and fading your pictures right before your eyes. But don’t worry, your actual timeline remains intact and the app doesn’t hold onto any of your personal information. Luckily for us, it’s just an app, but for many people this is a reality.

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- If all that isn't enough for you to get online and help out Dementia UK, then how about free goodies? To encourage people to take place in ‘Time For a Cuppa,’ one of their biggest events of the year, Dementia UK are asking you to share your tea party pics with them via Facebook and Twitter using #mycuppaparty. If you win, Unilever Food Solutions has donated a hamper full of treats which will be all yours.

It is reassuring to see Social Media making such a positive impact on lives all over the country, raising awareness and moving us with their stories.

Twitter is expecting to see an influx of Tweets over the coming week, all involving pictures of vintage style tea parties, cupcakes or loved and, sometimes sadly, lost family members. It would be truly inspiring to see something like #mycuppaparty trend instead of political scandals, llama chases and sports news.

Megan Herdson
Megan is a country girl who moved to the city with some big dreams. She is studying her MA in Creative Writing whilst also managing an American Football Team.  She loves her blog and wants nothing more than to have her words read. That and to win the Championship, obviously. Follow her @MeganAtSMF
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Social Media And Dementia Support Reviewed by Megan Herdson on Thursday, March 05, 2015 Rating: 5
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