Brent is supporting Dementia Awareness Week.
The Week starts from today and its theme is to encourage people who are worried about the impact that living with dementia may have on their lives to find out where they can go for information, help and support.
Dementia describes a range of brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type, affecting 62% of those diagnosed. Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding. 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia and 225,000 will develop dementia this year – that’s one every three minutes.
Find out more about help for people with Dementia here LINK
In Brent, we are working with the Community to make our area a Dementia Friendly Borough. We were recently featured on London Live where I gave an interview on the issue. Dementia is not just about providing core services but for me it is about a whole community approach on the issue to make sure that everyone is aware of the issue and is mindful of Dementia when they are going about their everyday lives; be it going shopping in a supermarket or queuing to be served at a bank cashier.
This video here explains more has a real life experience from Dianne Campbell who was diagnosed with Dementia at the age of 44.
Community Action on Dementia (CAD-Brent), a local charity, is working in partnership with Brent Council, Brent CCG and a number of other organisations to improve the support for people living with memory loss.
A new website has been launched for the Community Action on Dementia Brent Group.
The Group was formed following the commitment from community organisations to make Brent a Dementia Friendly Borough.