TAMESIDE is in full bloom to make a memorable display for Dementia Awareness Week 14-21 May 2017.
Schools, community groups, knitters and crafters have worked with Tameside Council’s public health and greenspace teams to create and plant hand-made and home-grown forget-me-nots flowers - the Dementia Friends logo – to decorate local landmarks and meeting points to promote the campaign.
Their efforts were celebrated at a launch event at Stamford Park on 9 May attended by Tameside Civic Mayor Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick, volunteers and staff involved in the Dementia Friends work.
Around 1829 Tameside people have been diagnosed with dementia and these figures are expected to increase in the future. The Alzheimer’s Dementia Friends project aims to make life a little easier for people living with dementia by encouraging as many people as possible to become dementia friends and help create a more dementia-friendly society.
Becoming a Dementia Friend does not involve raising money for charity or donating your time on a regular basis. It simply asks that Dementia Friends remember what they have learned and put it into practice when they meet someone who might need their help, whether this is through their work or in their day-to-day life.
You can become a Dementia Friend in one of three ways:
1. Watching a video – There is a range of films available, designed to address the needs of different staff roles. This takes 10 minutes.
2. Reading a booklet
3. Attending a face-to-face information session led by a Dementia Friends Champion. This takes around an hour. Dementia Champions will be delivering Dementia Friends Sessions in venues across Tameside. Please visit https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/ to book onto a session near you.
For further information contact Public Health Programme Officer Angela Wild on 0161 342 3477.
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