Local partners unite to recognise Dementia Awareness Week
People from across all parts of the community – individuals, community groups, businesses and organisations linked arms in front of the Council offices in Coleford on Tuesday 9 May, to recognise the ‘United Against Dementia’ theme for Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from 14 to 20 May.
The campaign has been launched by the Alzheimer’s Society and they are asking everyone across the UK to unite against dementia.
Dementia is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer, but awareness and understanding remains low and many families are facing it alone. By uniting people, the Alzheimer’s Society aim to raise awareness, offer help and understanding, improve care and find a cure.
Approximately 50% of us know someone who is living with dementia and there are thought to be over 2,500 people living with dementia in the Forest of Dean district; this figure is predicted to rise by over 40% in the next 15 years.
Andy Morgan-Watts, a Dementia Champion for the Forest of Dean said: “Dementia is something that is close to most people’s hearts and this is an opportunity to come together and unite with partners to raise awareness of Dementia Awareness Week.”
Also to mark Dementia Awareness week the Forest of Dean Dementia Action Alliance are running an online survey and are encouraging residents to take the time to give their views by visiting www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Dementia_Friendly_Communities_Survey
The purpose of the survey is find out what life is like for people living with dementia in the Forest of Dean district – to understand better what is good, what is challenging and what would be helpful. The Alliance will also be organising a number of drop in events in June and July and the dates and locations will be shared shortly. For more information contact Lena Maller on 01594 812609 or email Lena.Maller@fdean.gov.uk
Dementia Awareness Week will run from 14 to 20 May and this year’s theme is ‘United Against Dementia.’ For more information visit www.alzheimers.org.uk
The Forest of Dean Dementia Action Alliance is a partnership of organisations and individuals who are working together to:
- Make sure that everyone in the district living with dementia is respected and supported to continue to enjoy living their lives in their own community as well as possible, for as long as possible.
- To support the wider community to understand dementia and inspire and enable people to do things which contribute to a dementia friendly community, which are generally more welcoming communities.
- To develop an informal network of local community champions who will support each other and the wider community.