Dementia Awareness Week 15th – 21st May 2016

There are an estimated 2,000 people over the age of 65 years in Swindon with dementia and this figure is expected to grow significantly as life expectancy continues to increase.

Residents of Swindon are being invited to confront dementia and become a Dementia Friend this Dementia Awareness Week (15th- 21st May).

Dementia Friends was launched in February 2013 by Alzheimer’s Society. It is a trailblazing initiative that aims to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. Already more than 1.5 million people have become Dementia Friends across the country.

A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

Dementia can affect a person’s relationships and their connection to the world they love, leaving them feeling isolated and alone. By becoming a Dementia Friend you can help keep people connected to their lives and people who matter most.

During Dementia Awareness Week Swindon Libraries are holding Information Sessions for staff to ensure that libraries become a more dementia friendly environment.

To find out more abiut Dementia Friends and to find local information sessions visit the dementia Friends website: www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Swindon residents can  find out more about dementia and ways of coping with the condition at their local library, via the The Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme.  The 25 titles on the Reading Agency booklist, have been recommended by health experts and people with lived experience of dementia. The books can be recommended by health professionals or people can self-refer and borrow titles for free from their local library.

reading well books on prescription

To find out more about the Alzheimer’s Society services in Swindon, call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or email: helpline@alzheimers.org.uk. For more information about Alzheimer’s Society visit www.alzheimers.org.uk

west swindon dementia friends

Dementia Friends (staff at West Swindon Library)

 

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