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Dementia Action Alliance launched in Bucks

Dementia Action Alliance Cake

5:46am 19th May 2017

About 7,000 people live with Dementia in Buckinghamshire.

Those numbers are expected to increase to about 10,000 over the next ten years due to an ageing population.

This week is Dementia Awareness week, and in response to the increasing prevalence of the disease within Buckinghamshire, Bucks County Council officially launched the Dementia Action Alliance at an event in Wendover yesterday (18/05).

The alliance aims to help make the lives of those living with the disease easier by making small changes, positive changes.

Natalie Judson from Bucks County Council said:

"We want to raise awareness of Dementia, we want to empower communities and individuals, and we want to increase awareness of how the disease can affect a person's ability to complete daily tasks."

"Our aim is to make small changes so that people can continue to go out and live independently in their own homes for as long as possible and have choice and control over their own lives."

outside wendover library

Alliance members cutting the celebratory cake at the launch

Wendover Junior School Memory Box

Children from Wendover Junior School had made 'Memory Boxes' - which they filled with significant things from their lives. It's to help introduce young children to Dementia and help them understand what it's like for people with the disease.

Formula One racing champion Sir Jackie Stewart OBE has thrown his support behind the new initiative to make Wendover more dementia-friendly.

He said:

"For a small community like Wendover to take on a project like this is extremely worthy and can be helpful to a great number of people.

"Dementia can seriously affect an entire family and someone with dementia has to be supported, not only by their own family, but by friends and acquaintances who will step in to light up the life of someone who can be very confused, very depressed and sometimes very lonely.

"Well done to those who are making the effort to make dementia better understood and more importantly, being helpful to those and their families who are facing the challenge."

If you want to get involved, you can do so by becoming a Dementia Friend.

You can also join your nearest Dementia Action Alliance.

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