Dementia Action Week 20th-26th May

On Sunday 19th May at the end of a shortened service we will hear from Jen Fielding about how we can become a Dementia Friendly Church.

All are welcome to join us for Jen's talk which comes just the day before the launch of Dementia Action Week.

Jen Fielding works for the council and is based in Blaby, she is hoping that ALL community amenities, local shops and events in Blaby are open to those struggling with Dementia.

As a caring church we decided at a recent church meeting to invite Jen to speak to the church.

Dementia Action Week (20 - 26 May 2019) unites people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.

Dementia Action Week is supported by the Alzheimer's Society. The Alzheimer's Society is a UK charity which provides support and research for those affected by dementia.

In the UK, there are about 800,000 people with dementia; it is estimated that around 400,000 people have dementia but do not know it. By raising awareness about this condition, it is hoped that more people will be diagnosed earlier, giving more time for them to come to terms with future symptoms.

Almost all of us know someone affected by dementia. But too many people living with dementia report feeling cut off from their community, losing their friendships and facing dementia alone.

Having dementia shouldn’t mean an isolated life. And it doesn’t have to. Simple actions from us all can create supportive communities - where people living with the condition can continue to socialise with others, hop on the bus, go to their favourite shops or take part in local activities for as long as possible.

We all have a role to play in making the UK a dementia-friendly place to live and that’s what Dementia Action Week is all about.

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