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COULD YOU BE A DEMENTIA FRIEND?

 

Bedford Borough Council, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, is launching a groundbreaking scheme to support those suffering with dementia.  

 

The ‘Dementia Friends’ initiative aims to improve public knowledge of dementia, giving an insight into what living with the condition might be like.

 

Participants in the scheme are also encouraged to help make a difference to people living with dementia within their community.

 

By attending one of the upcoming information sessions, local people can learn how to recognise someone with dementia. This can be vital in assisting them with everyday chores like shopping, or travel.  

 

Anyone can become a Dementia Friend, and Sue Wilson, Bedfordshire Dementia Friend Champion, said: "Raising awareness and reducing the stigma of dementia is vitally important, not only to support the 1 in 3 people who will have dementia at some point in their lives, but to make the lives of those who care for them less stressful. We owe it to our parents, ourselves and our children to know enough and to care enough. The Dementia Steering Group is also striving to improve early diagnosis and intervention and achieve higher quality of care in care homes, hospitals and community support, amongst other areas of work."

 

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Executive Member for Adults Services and Community Wellbeing at Bedford Borough Council, said: “We work very closely with charities such as the Alzheimer’s Society to support local residents living with dementia. Through increased understanding and adopting simple measures, we can all give comfort to those in our community. Supporting individuals with dementia, and their carers, is a huge challenge for the Council, and we need to work together to help people to live well with the condition.  We are promoting the Dementia Friends Campaign which is part of a series of information, awareness raising and training activities planned over the next year by the Council and partner agencies, including the voluntary sector.”

 

If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend, and joining thousands of others up and down the country, then you’ll need to register online and attend a ‘Dementia Friends Information Session’.

 

Each session lasts approximately an hour, and you’ll learn much more about how you can help create a dementia friendly community where you live. Courses in Bedfordshire are being led by Sue, and are taking place as follows:

·         Wednesday 15th May, 10.30 am, Houghton Regis Library

·         Saturday 25th May, 10.30 am, Flitwick Library

·         Monday 3rd June, 6.30 pm, Bedford Borough Hall

 

For more information please contact Sue, on 01234 327444, or email sue@bedforddementia.co.uk, or book online on the Dementia Friends website at www.dementiafriends.org.uk/session

 

For more general information, contact Marek Zamborsky, at Bedford Borough Council, on 01234 228933.

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