The local assmbley held an engagement event on Wednesday 3rd of February 2016, so we could all find out more about creating a dementia friendly community here in Catford South.
This took the form of a dementia friends information session run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by the Alzheimer’s Society. We learnt more about dementia and how to go about creating dementia friendly communities.
The 5 main things we learnt about dementia at our event were:
- Dementia is not a natural part of the ageing process.
- Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain.
- It is not just about losing your memory.
- It’s possible to live well with it.
- There is more to the person than the dementia.
Turning understanding into action
We asked you to tell us about how you are going to turn your understanding of dementia into practical action. You don’t have to commit to doing something time-consuming. Every action counts.
Dementia Friends actions for individuals could include:
- Getting in touch and staying in touch with someone I know living with dementia
- Volunteering for an organisation that helps people with dementia
- Campaigning for change, e.g. by signing up to Alzheimer’s Society’s campaigns to improve the lives of people with dementia
- Wearing my badge and telling 5 friends about the Dementia Friends initiative
- Carrying out a personal action e.g. Be more patient when out in my community
We heard from a Catford South resident who happens to be the CEO of Age Exchange, who are leaders in working with people with dementia through reminiscence, about how we can become more dementia friendly and create a dementia friendly community.
We asked all our community leaders to come up with three realistic actions their organisation could carry out over the next year
We heard about the Lewisham Dementia Action Alliance and how we can sign up to become a member – the first step to becoming a dementia friendly community
Thank you to everyone who came to the event and has made their photo pledge to be involved.