Elf Day (The Alzheimer’s Society)
December the 2nd is Elf Day, an annual awareness and fundraising event held by the Alzheimer’s Society. The Alzheimer’s Society was founded back in 1980 by a group of visionary individuals who wanted to put an end to the lack of support available for people with dementia and their families. Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of degenerative neurological conditions, all of which lead to a decline in cognitive function. This can include memory loss, difficulty communicating, and changes in mood and behaviour, making the condition devastating for both the sufferers and their loved ones, The Alzheimer’s Society estimates that there are currently over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with this figure set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. With such a high number of people affected by the condition, it’s important that we do all we can to support those who are suffering. Elf Day is just one way of doing this. The Alzheimer’s Society uses the day to highlight the work they do to support people living with dementia, as well as highlighting the lack of awareness that still exists around the condition.
The Elf Day campaign was launched in 2018 with the aim of bringing people together to support people living with dementia. The elf was chosen as the mascot as they are creatures that are traditionally associated with helping others. Since then, Elf Day has grown into a much-anticipated annual event, with people of all ages taking part. The day sees elf characters visiting schools, businesses and public places across the country to deliver important messages about the condition.
For everyone, Christmas is a time for family, friends and fun. But for those living with dementia, it can be a confusing and lonely time. So, this day brings the perfect opportunity to fill their festivities with joy and happiness! This year’s theme is ‘Do Your Bit to Dementia’, encouraging everyone to support people living with dementia. There are lots of ways to get involved, from hosting an elf-themed bake sale, wearing your best elf costume, or hosting your own fundraising event to making a donation, hosting an elf party or sharing your own personal story!
No matter how you choose to participate, make sure you have lots of fun, spread awareness and some elf day cheer with these Oomph resources!