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Join us to raise awareness of dementia awareness week

Residents of Gedling are being invited to join council and NHS staff to confront dementia and become Dementia Friends as part of Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May).

Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with the council on sessions for the public and will also have a stand in the civic centre foyer for the week to raise awareness of the events taking place.

Two 45-minute, interactive Dementia Friends Information Sessions are taking place on Monday 16 May and Wednesday 18 May at Gedling Borough Council during Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship awareness-raising campaign, which this year is encouraging people across the country to ‘confront dementia’. The charity is helping people to face up to dementia and share their worries about the condition.

In 2014, the council launched a pledge to become Dementia Friendly and since then it has run sessions for 190 members of staff and councillors who are now Dementia Friends, that’s nearly half of the council’s employees.

Dementia Friends was launched in February 2013 by Alzheimer’s Society. It is a trailblazing initiative that aims to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. Already more than 1.5 million people have become Dementia Friends across the country.

Dr Sue Bailey, a GP at Calverton Practice and Lead on Mental Health for Nottingham North and East CCG, said;

“As we become a more elderly population Dementia becomes more prevalent in our lives. As GP’s we have become better at detecting possible dementia sooner, but we need the help of patients and carers, to be aware of how different sorts of dementia may present problems and seek help early on. Planning is really important in dementia care, and hopefully makes the condition less scary for the patient and carer alike.”

Portfolio Holder for Health & Well Being, Councillor Henry Wheeler said;

“Since we made our pledge to be a dementia friendly council we have been working closely with our colleagues at the CCG to raise awareness and this week of events will highlight the importance of confronting dementia and doing our part to improve the understanding of what it is like to live with it.”

What is a Dementia Friend?

A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Whether you attend a face-to-face Dementia Friends Information Session or watch our online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. Each Information Session lasts around one hour. You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities. There are information sessions running across England and Wales.



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