Alliance aims to make changes to help people with dementia

Published on: 04 Feb 2015

Pictured at the launch are, left to right: Eleanor Fairbrother, Paul Frisby, Julie Close, Amanda Deeks and Subitha Baghirathon

COMMUNITIES and organisations in South Gloucestershire are being urged to be more dementia-friendly.

Support to achieve this aim is available from the South Gloucestershire Dementia Action Alliance, launched last month.

The alliance is a Southern Brooks Community Partnership project in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Society, NHS South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and South Gloucestershire Council. It was formed followimg a successful pilot in Patchway, which saw the town become the first dementia-friendly community in the area.

Eleanor Fairbrother, who is leading the project, said: “We want to get everyone to talk about dementia to reduce stigma and stop people becoming isolated unnecessarily.

“We want people living with dementia to be able to lead normal, active lives for as long as possible. We are looking for people, and organisations to get in touch and start making changes in their own communities.”

Amanda Deeks, chief executive of South Gloucestershire Council, was a keynote speaker at the event.said: “ We aim to enable people with dementia to feel included and involved in our communities, and importantly to have choice and control over their day to day lives.

“To help achieve this, our librarians in South Gloucestershire libraries have recently received training to be dementia friends, as have many council staff.”

An estimated 3,000 people in the district have dementia and the numbers are growing.

Dr Peter Bagshaw, of the CCG, added: “One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia, a very high proportion. Details of support groups in the community and locations of Memory Cafés, such as the one in Emersons Green, are available on the council’s website.

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