An ambitious target set at the start of this year to encourage 10,000 people to become Dementia Friends is almost a reality and hopes are high that the target could be reached this month - World Alzheimer’s Month.
There are now more than 9,000 Dementia Friends in Warwickshire, meaning there are more Dementia Friends than people with dementia in the county.
Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health, said: “I’m delighted we are getting so close to our 10,000 target.
“I would like to see our local employers getting behind the drive and encouraging staff members to become Dementia Friends. We can help any large employers who are looking to have their workforce signed up as dementia friends in a single session.”
A Rugby Memory Walk will be held on September 13 at Draycote Water Park, 10.30am-3pm.
There will be two routes (both wheelchair and pushchair friendly) – one mile and five miles.
The Memory Walk is a sponsored walk to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. There will be refreshments, stalls and a raffle on the day. http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rugby-memory-walk-2015-tickets-15773307387
Free sessions will take place around the county this month, helping people to become Dementia Friends.
A Dementia Advice drop in day will be held on September 19 10am-3pm, at Anya Court Care Home, Dunchurch Road, Rugby.
A Dementia Friends session will be held on September 19, 2-3pm, at Anya Court Care Home.
Cllr Maggie O’Rourke, the county council’s Chair of the Adults, Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: “Dementia Friends is an initiative led by the Alzheimer’s Society based on the principle that people with dementia can live well with a little help from other people. Becoming a Dementia Friend is about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things that can help people with the condition. You don’t need to already know someone with dementia to become a Dementia Friend.”
In Warwickshire, according to latest estimates, there are 7,615 people living with dementia and this is likely to rise to over 9,000 people with dementia in the county by 2021. Most people in Warwickshire will be affected in some way by dementia during their lifetimes.
Any employers who would like to find out more about becoming a Dementia Friend can email Dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk
For more information, go to www.dementiafriends.org.uk and http://www.livingwellwithdementia.org/