World Alzheimer’s Day 2021

Friday, 9 June 2023

What we are doing to help better understand Alzheimer's and Dementia

Alzheimer’s and Dementia is fast becoming the defining health issue of our time, with the numbers of people living with the condition projected to increase rapidly. Around 850,000 people currently live with Dementia in the UK who are supported by 700,000 informal carers. This means that an estimated 1.5 million lives are currently affected in some way by dementia, and it is estimated 3.7 million lives will be affected by dementia in some way by 2050.

Recent research has identified the condition isn’t exclusive to older people, as currently 40,000 people under 65 years of age are living with Alzheimer’s in the UK. The individuals directly affected are still the independent, proud people they always have been – they just need some additional help to carry out their daily activities.

What are we doing?

Here at West Midlands Railway, we have a commitment to make the railway accessible to customers travelling with a hidden disability. These individuals still want to travel, enjoy day trips, go to the shops, and visit friends and family. The social and cognitive benefits of participating in society are well documented along with the economic benefits for businesses and the local community. This means working towards creating inclusive travel for all has become a priority throughout the rail industry.

Our Accessibility Matters training programme provides colleagues with insight and helpful tips on how best to assist customers travelling with a hidden disability. By the end of this year, 30,000 collective rail colleagues will have been up-skilled in disability equality inclusion.

If you or someone you know is affected in any way by Alzheimer’s and Dementia there are confidential support services that can help. Dementia UK , provide a dedicated helpline with specialised nurses who also have the time to listen and the knowledge to solve problems. Remember, you are not alone.