Know the facts Examine our attitudes Face our fears Come together
A new Alzheimer’s Society initiative Create Dementia Friendly Communities by recruiting 1 million Dementia Friends by March 2015 A Dementia Friend needs to know 5 key facts And make a commitment as to how they can turn that understanding into action No action is too small
You forget people’s names more easily? Words won’t come as easily? Getting to the top of the stairs and thinking ‘what did I come up here for?’ Your brain generally does not seem quite as ‘whizzy’ as it used to be? If so, DON’T WORRY – THIS IS NORMAL!
Not just forgetting names and details but whole events or conversations Memories do not come back even with prompting Getting lost in familiar, rather than new, places Finding it difficult to keep up with events and becoming disorientated Frequently repeating conversations Signs of progression in terms of frequency and severity of problems
If you are not happy with the response of your GP please get in touch with Healthwatch New organisation to help people find the health and social care services they need and make their voices heard
Understand more about it Change your own attitude – learn to stand against the difficult emotions Challenge (but with sensitivity please) the attitudes of others Get alongside someone you know who is affected: be willing to try be willing to feel uncomfortable be willing to get it wrong Volunteer in your local community: Support groups Befriending of couples in which one has dementia
Look at the books on the table Gaynor Hammond’s books are especially good Resource lists, details of helpful organisations and other useful guides are available on the Diocese of Bradford website – or get in touch with Jacqui Hand if you would like hard copies Please fill out the interest form if you would like me to keep you informed of events and developments
If you want to be counted as a Dementia Friend please put your hand up now When I get the badges I will provide a supply to Jacqui Hand – if you would like a badge please put your name and contact details on the sign up sheet on the resources table If you are on the internet visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk to sign up as a Dementia Friend and register your action (helpful for the Alzheimer’s Society if you do this) www.dementiafriends.org.uk