The people who volunteer with Weston and Worle Dementia Action Alliance are not experts in dementia. We are normal people from all walks of life. We have come together with raise awareness of dementia within Weston-super-Mare and Worle, to help improve the lives of people living with dementia and their families and carers. We aim to create a dementia friendly community where everybody is aware of how the condition affects people’s lives and where everybody has an understanding of how they can help out. Dementia is a subject that cannot be ignored in our society. There are around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia. To get an idea of the scale of this issue take a look at this infographic produced by The Alzheimer’s Society. Currently, most forms of dementia cannot be cured. Research is continuing into developing drugs, vaccines and other treatments however right now, we aim to do what we can to improve the lives of those living with dementia today. Did you know:-
- 77% of people with dementia feel anxious and depressed
- 75% of people in the UK don’t think society is geared up to deal with people with dementia
- 67% of people with dementia do not always feel a part of the community
- 61% of people with dementia feel lonely always or some of the time
- 48% of people with dementia feel like a burden to their family
- 44% of people with dementia feel they lost friends and family after being diagnosed.
Source: Dementia 2012 report
We want to get everyone involved – and that includes you! Here are some ideas for what actions you can take, to do your bit to help make the community you live in a Dementia Friendly Community:-
- Become a Dementia Friend by attending a local Dementia Friends awareness session, or watching the online video
- If you own your own business, consider what steps you can take to make your business more dementia friendly. Have you taken a look at our Dementia Friendly Environments leaflet?
- If you work with the public, take a look at our leaflet – how to help people with Dementia.
- Make little changes in your own life. Be more patient with people. Give them time and space.
- Raise awareness on social media. Share this article on Facebook and Twitter.
- ‘Like’ our Facebook page
- Subscribe to our newsletter
- Attend our monthly meetings
- Volunteer with us!
Big or small, every step you takes helps to improve your community for those who live in it!