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Dementia - understanding, helping and supporting

Get involved in creating a more dementia-friendly Faversham!

On Tuesday 3rd February, Alison Carter, Managing Director of No Place Like Home and chair of Dementia Action Alliance Faversham spoke to members of the Faversham Business Partnership about the benefits of our town being more dementia aware.

Dementia - what is it?


- The term dementia describes a set of symptoms including memory loss, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning.

- Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain. The most common of these (accounting for 95% of cases) are Alzheimer's Disease, Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Fronto-temporal Dementia (formerly known as Pick's Disease).

- Currently, there is no cure and dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse over time.

- Dementia is covered under the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) which protects people with disabilities from unfair treatment.

Vital Statistics...

- Did you know that there are currently over 800,000 people with dementia in the UK.
- By 2025, this figure is estimated to rise to over 1 million.
- Over two thirds are women. There are also 40,000 younger people with dementia in the UK.
- There are over 670,000 Carers of people with dementia in the UK.
- It costs the UK economy £26 billion per year.
- One in three people who live over the age of 65 will go on to develop dementia.

What is Dementia Action Alliance all about?

In 2010, the government launched a 'Dementia Challenge' to raise the profile of dementia, to increase funding into research and to improve care of those living with the condition. As part of this initiative, the national Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) was formed - originally a gathering of 41 organisations with a single mission to transform the lives of people with dementia and those that care for them.
 
The DAA has now grown to have over 2,500 organisations from public, voluntary and private sectors involved, with many local Alliances across England.

Faversham is fortunate to have its very own DAA, formed in May 2014, with a range of local Faversham organisations committed to making our town more dementia-friendly. It was set up by local resident, Alison Carter, who is a passionate campaigner both locally in Kent and nationally for greater understanding of the condition. Alison knew very little of the devastating impacts that dementia can have on a person and their family until her own father was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia in 2007. Her parents' journey living with dementia inspired Alison to set up No Place Like Home, which is committed to helping people make the most of later life and, in particular, helps people continue to live well with dementia at home.

What is Dementia Action Alliance Faversham (DAAF) doing for our town?

The Alliance has a number of initiatives to make a difference to people affected by dementia locally.

Below you can read some of what we have planned for 2015:

- Encouraging individuals and businesses to become Dementia Friends. A series of 1-hour FREE awareness-raising sessions are being run by Alison Carter at The Vaults pub on Preston Street. These are primarily for Faversham Business Partnership members but there is likely to be space for members of the public too.

Watch this short video to see the benefits www.dementiafriends.org.uk/customers .

Register on the www.dementiafriends.org.uk website or call Alison Carter on 01795 597983 to reserve your place.

Dates and time for Dementia Friends sessions at The Vaults are:

Thursday 26th February 3-4pm
Monday 9th March 1-2pm

Asking local people affected by dementia what they would like to change. As a result of our insight gathering, we are addressing a number of things people would like to see improved.

For example, we are working with local GP surgeries to improve information and advice provision at an earlier stage.

- Engaging future generations. It's great to have the Head Boy and Girl on DAAF. They have some super ideas about how we can get young people such as weaving Dementia Friends sessions into the curriculum for PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) lessons.

- Raising awareness amongst the general public. Kent Messenger will be running regular features about living with dementia in the Faversham Times newspaper.

DAAF (with a little funding from the Town Council and courtesy of the Alexander Centre) will be hosting a Dementia Awareness Day (D.A.D.) on Saturday, 23rd May during National Dementia Awareness week. A whole range of organisations will be there to provide information, support, advice and information.

Who is already involved in DAAF and how can I get involved?

Current members and supporters of DAAF include:

- Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
- Faversham Business Partnership
- Tassells Solicitors
- Faversham Town Council
- Faversham Building Preservation Trust
- age UK
- Alzheimer's Society
- Forget Me Nots (East Kent)
- Kent Messenger
- Kent County Council
- Care UK (Kingsfield Care Home)
- Macknade
- Kent Fire & Rescue
- No Place Like Home - Bespoke Later Life Support

DAAF is keen for everyone's contribution - the Alliance is essentially a movement to bring about a society-wide response to dementia so the more people with ideas and energy the better.

Just get in touch with Alison Carter on 01795 597983 or alisoncarter@noplacelikehome.eu



Lucy Guthrie



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I went along to the Dementia at work talk, and it was really thought provoking and interesting.
Comment by Victoria Shorland on 11 Feb 2015
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