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Dementia Friendly

Become a Dementia Friend

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Today we delivered with Fred (Home Instead) a Dementia Friend Information Session at Burger King on Peckham High Street. Geraldine volunteer at Age UK L&S attended it and here is her feedback…

I attended an Information Session on 15TH July at Burger King, Peckham in the hope of gaining more insight into dementia which affects one in three people over 65 and indeed sometimes younger.  I wanted to learn a little bit more about what it is like to live with dementia and hopefully to turn my understanding and knowledge into action.  The Dementia Champions representing Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society were there to answer our questions

 We talked about recognising the signs of this frightening disease and the things we should know:-  it is not a natural part of ageing,  it is possible to live well with dementia and we should remember that there is more to a person than the dementia and please please remember the next time you get impatient with any senior citizen  who may be a little slow at the supermarket check-out that he/she may be suffering from dementia and kindly show a little compassion. 

 Thankfully with the right support people can remain active and content in their own homes.  As a volunteer with Age UK and no longer a spring chicken I came away feeling a little less negative in my perception of the disease with a lot more understanding of the problems encountered by the sufferers and will wear my Dementia Friend badge to spread what I learnt.

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About AgeUKLS

Age UK Lewisham and Southwark provide a wide range of services to support older people's independence and wellbeing. As you grow older there are many factors in life that can become challenging. We aim to support the needs of the most vulnerable, socially excluded and isolated older members of the community. We do this by delivering a range of preventative solutions to negate potential emotional, financial and physical challenges that may accompany ageing. We support thousands of older people who are challenged with issues including illness, poverty as well as poor physical health and wellbeing. We also support people who are isolated and suffer from mental health distress such as depression or alcohol dependency. We can supply people with knowledge about the services and benefits entitled to them.

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  1. Alan, HOurBank member, also attended the Dementia Awareness session. He then fed back to other HOurBank members at our Coffee Morning yesterday. We had a lively discussion as to the difference between Dementia and Alzheimers.

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    Posted by Naomi Casserly | September 3, 2014, 10:31 am

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