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What is Dementia? According to the Alzheimer's Society, the condition is characterised by symptoms that may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or use of language and perhaps changes in mood or behaviour. The changes are often small to start with but for some they become severe enough to affect daily life - causing distress to sufferers and to their loved-ones.
In March 2012, the (then) Prime Minister helped raise the profile of dementia by setting a 'Dementia Challenge'. Part of this challenge is to develop Dementia Friendly Communities across the UK. Such a community is one where people with dementia are able to live as independently as possible and to continue to feel part of their community. It should treat those with dementia with understanding and compassion and support their access to and in their communities. Little things can mean such a lot: in a shop, bank or office, being given time to explain . . . or to pay at a checkout - to show patience and understanding; it's not a lot to ask.
West Moors Dementia Action Group Meetings are held in West Moors Library.
The Chair of West Moors Dementia Action Group: Reverend Lynne Morris (St Mary’s Church West
Moors) with Angela McVeigh (West Moors Library - being the 'public' space and where the meetings are held).
The group aims to hold regular meetings, run dementia friends’ sessions and seek ways of supporting people with dementia, and their carers.
To apply to join the Local Dementia Action Group and commit to work together to improve the quality of life for all people with dementia and their carers please contact the Library, on 01202 873272.
The Action Group would love to have more residents from the local community, businesses and organisations, etc. to share the load, and help promote the message and to inform residents, businesses and other organisations and agencies.