We had a very interesting information session last week exploring what it’s like to live with dementia. It was given by Mandy from Age UK Peterborough.
Dementia Friends is a national initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society. There are approximately 685,000 people living with dementia in the UK and over 17,000 are under the age of 65. There are 5 things you should know about dementia:
1. it is not a natural part of growing old
2. It is caused by diseases of the brain – the most common of these is Alzheimer’s.
3. It is not just about losing your memory – it can affect thinking, communicating and doing everyday tasks
4. It is possible to live well with it
5. There is more to a person than the dementia
If you know of anyone who is feeling confused, agitated or forgetful, it may be a good idea to visit the GP.
If you want to know more about dementia, go to http://www.alzheimers.org.uk. If you are concerned about dementia, contact the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or the local branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Peterborough has just recently opened its new Dementia Resource Centre and the Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance is a partnership of organisations working together to transform the quality of life of people with dementia, helping the city to become a dementia friendly community.
The Bobby Scheme has already given talks to a number of dementia groups set up across the county and we are always willing to do more!
All four of us are now Dementia Friends and we will be actively helping people with dementia feel more included in their local communities.