Prime Minister, David Cameron, recalls his most memorable Christmas:
He writes: “My memory would be getting Ivan out of hospital on Xmas eve and rushing down to Dean with him and Sam and no food!”
Taking action on dementia is a priority for the Prime Minister. He recently helped launch the Dementia Friends programme, which is calling for 1m people to volunteer to get the know-how to help those with dementia feel understood and included in their communities.
Sign up to be a dementia friend here.
Dr Ros Altman, director general of the Saga group, writes:
"We normally go to Bournemouth for Christmas each year, to spend time with my mother and family. Our children look forward to the fresh air, the long walks, the family get-togethers – and the pantomime (which we all love). As the children were growing up, we’d go to the beach each year, come rain, snow or shine, to watch the intrepid folk who swim in the sea each Christmas.
"There we’d be, wrapped in our coats, hats, scarves and gloves, still freezing cold, but watching those people, some even in their 80s, marching into the sea, without even a wetsuit. How could the human body endure this? Were they made of so much sterner stuff than me?
"One year, I decided to find out…"
Read on at Saga Zone.
This photo taken in 1999 shows Bruce Bovill’s wife Jan, who had dementia. Bruce says: ’Jan still was able to accompany me in selecting a Christmas tree. I wanted to keep everything as normal as possible for as long as I could.’
Find out more about Bruce and Jan’s journey.
Alzheimer’s Society celebrity supporter Sally Lindsay, writes:
"My favourite Christmas memory is getting a girls world for Xmas and not letting go of it till the New Year.
"I wish for peace and happiness for Alzheimer’s sufferers and a bit of a rest and a tipple for the carers!"
Take a look at tips from the Alzheimer’s Society if you’re having a guest with dementia over Christmas. Visit http://alzheimers.org.uk/xmas2remember
Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, writes:
"My Christmas memory is the way my mum always decorated our Christmas tree with real candles – she still does, despite the fire hazard.
"Every year, we’d turn all the lights off, light the candles and the whole (large!) Clegg family would sing."
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"This year will be the first Christmas without dad, having lost him to Alzheimer’s in September 2012.
"I know he wouldn’t want us to be sad as he was such a happy and outgoing person who was always the life and soul of any party. As his Alzheimer’s progressed and his communication and mobility deteriorated, making him feel part of Christmas was even more important to us.
"This picture is very special to me, it shows dad on Christmas Day 2010 surrounded by his grandchildren.
"To make him feel included mum bought a sofa bed which we kept downstairs so that over Christmas he was able to sleep in the centre of the house and remain very much part of the festivities.
"We all sat on his bed to open our presents and it became the centre of all activities, watching TV, eating our Christmas Dinner and singing carols. From the smile on his and the children’s faces you can see it was a lovely day full of fun, love and laughter for a truly wonderful man."
Sally-Ann is a nurse who tweets about her experiences. Follow her tweets here.
Worried that someone close to you is showing the signs of dementia? Visit http://www.nhs.uk/dementia
Alzheimer’s Society celebrity supporter Arlene Phillips remembers photos around the Christmas Tree. You can follow Arlene on Twitter.
"My favourite Christmas memories are of being with my family at our country cottage in Herefordshire. There’s always snow on ground, not another soul in sight, and we all go out to look at the stars shining bright on Christmas Eve and listen to the peace around us.
"Memories of me and my Father are of us all gathering round the Christmas tree, and we were always arguing about who did and who didn’t want to have a photograph taken, and my father would just stand there so patiently waiting for us to finish.
"I hope you all have a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas, with your loved ones around, and much happiness and hope for the new year. Love, Arlene"
Alzheimer’s Society celebrity supporter Hugh Dennis writes:
"My Christmas wish for people living with dementia and carers, is that those who can spend Christmas “without a care”, take care of those who can’t.
"My favourite thing about Christmas is that relatives get together even though they may not have seen each other for several years.
"One year an Uncle and Aunt gave me a Blue Peter Annual. I was 23."
Here is the Christmas memory from Sister Yamu Njie from King’s College Hospital’s Health and Ageing Unit:
"Last Christmas we all had a traditional Christmas lunch in our sensory room on the ward, listening to Christmas music. It was such a lovely day, everyone really enjoyed it."