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Local Age UK calls on people to become ‘dementia friends’ as lockdown takes its toll

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove (WSBH) is calling on local people to become ‘Dementia Friends’ at sessions held during Dementia Action Week, 17 – 23 May.

The sessions will be held virtually via video call and aim to help people learn about dementia so they can
understand the condition, raise awareness and offer support in the community.

Many people living with dementia have seen a decline in their condition during the pandemic.

The isolation of lockdown has contributed to cognitive decline for some, as people’s usual routines and social interactions have been impossible.

Age UK told V2 Radio: "With this in mind, it’s vital that people with dementia, their families and carers get as much support and understanding as possible as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

"Dementia Friends training highlights changes that both individuals and businesses can adopt in order to make life in the community easier for people with dementia". 

Charlie Rayner, Daybreak Dementia Services Manager said “Dementia Week isn’t just about raising awareness, we want people to spare an hour of their time to actually take action, by joining one of our virtual sessions and becoming a ‘Dementia Friend’.

Dementia can be incredibly frightening and people can feel misunderstood, even by friends and family. The Dementia Friends scheme is a practical way to show support and make a difference.

You don’t even have to leave your sofa, so why not sign up now?”

Dementia Friends sessions with Age UK WSBH will take place on Monday 17 May at 2pm, Wednesday 19 May at 11am and Friday 21 May at 2pm. 

To book a session contact Alex Furber by email alex.furber@ageukwestsussex.org.uk or call 07563 382806.

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