Dementia friendly initiative

Library
Date(s):
28 September, 2016
Time:
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location:
High Wycombe Library
Contact:
For advice about dementia, contact your GP or get in touch with the Buckinghamshire Memory Support Service on 01296 331749 or email memorysupport@alzheimers.org.uk

You can also contact the Alzheimer’s Society’s National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email helpline@alzheimers.org.uk

High Wycombe is set to become the latest Dementia Friendly Community in Buckinghamshire – transforming into a more caring and supportive environment for people living with conditions that affect their memory.

The town will launch its Dementia Friendly initiative at Wycombe Library on Wednesday, 28 September from 6pm to 8pm.

Business and community groups have been invited to attend the event alongside health and social care representatives and local dignitaries, including Wycombe District Councillor Zia Ahmed, Mayor of High Wycombe.

The Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative aims to support local communities to work together and respond more positively towards individuals living with dementia or memory impairments. It will work to boost public awareness and understanding about how the condition can affect a person’s ability to complete daily activities.

One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia in the UK, and this will affect their ability to do the things most of us take for granted – like socialising, shopping, banking, enjoying a meal out or driving.

Dementia Friendly Communities aim to create a supportive environment where people living with dementia can feel safe and secure, and can remain independent, active members of their communities for longer. As well as making people more aware of dementia, there are also practical improvements that can be made within communities, such as improved signage and creating dementia friendly ‘safe places’.

Organisations including the Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, and Carers Bucks will join Buckinghamshire County Council and health service representatives to host the event to raise awareness of the initiative and talk to local people about dementia and the challenges people living with the condition face on a daily basis.