Council unites with partners to support Dementia Awareness Week
The District Council in partnership with the Forest of Dean Dementia Alliance has organised a series of events in the District in support of Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from Monday 21 to Sunday 27 May.
Over 11 days, members of the Alliance will be visiting various locations across the district chatting to residents and providing information about dementia and the support available for people living with condition.
Councillor Paul Hiett, Cabinet Member for Communities said: “Dementia is something that is close to most people’s hearts and the Council is delighted to work in partnership with the Forest of Dean Dementia Action Alliance to support these events to raise awareness across the district during Dementia Awareness Week.”
For more information about dementia contact Lena Maller, Community Engagement Officer on 01594 812609 or email Lena.Maller@fdean.gov.uk
The events will run as follows:
|Tuesday 22 May||9.30am - 7.00pm||Tesco, Lydney|
|Wednesday 23 May||9.30am - 3.30pm||Info Bus, Prince of Wales, Staunton|
|Thursday 24 May||2.30pm - 4.30pm||Sedbury Space|
|Thursday 24 May||10.00am - 3.00pm||Tesco, Chepstow|
|Thursday 24 May||9.30am - 5.00pm||Orchard Trust, Upper Stowfield, Lydbrook|
|Friday 25 May||9.30am - 3.30pm||Info Bus, Newent Market House|
|Friday 25 May||9.30am - 3.30pm||Tesco, Lydney|
|Tuesday 29 May||9.30am - 3.30pm||Info Bus, Co-op, Cinderford|
|Wednesday 30 May||10.00am - 3.00pm||Info Bus, Lydney Fun Day, Bathurst Park|
|Thursday 31 May||9.30am - 3.00pm||Westbury Court Care Home, Westbury-on-Severn|
|Friday 1 June||9.30am - 3.30pm||Info Bus, Beechenhurst|
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders, that is, conditions affecting the brain. There are many different types of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common. Some people may have a combination of types of dementia. Regardless of which type is diagnosed, each person will experience dementia in their own unique way.
The Alzheimer’s Society (2015) reports that there are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today. Of these, approximately, 42,000 are people with young onset dementia, which affects people under the age of 65. As a person’s age increases, so does the risk of them developing dementia. It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK by 2025 will rise to over 1 million. Rates of diagnosis are improving, but many people with dementia are thought to still be undiagnosed.
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.
Research completed by the Alzheimer’s Society revealed 44% of people with dementia feel they have lost their friends after being diagnosed, while 67% say they don’t always feel part of their community.
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.
For more information about dementia visit www.dementiauk.org
Follow the Dementia Awareness Week campaign on social media using the following hashtags: #DAW2018 #UnitedAgainstDementia