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Dementia Friends Session Expands Awareness

Published: January 10, 2019

Cornwall College Camborne

Cornwall Home Solutions which is part of Cornwall Council, have taken another step in helping to identify people in the community with dementia.  More than 225,000 people will develop dementia in the UK this year alone.

At a recent meeting in St Erme, employees from Cornwall Home Solutions who are responsible for delivering housing adaptations for older people and people with disabilities, were presented with information on symptoms of dementia and what help is available for those with the condition.

Delivering the session along with other dementia champions Fran Cramoysan and Dawn Campbell was Anne-Marie Young, a dementia champion and strategic Lead Health Hub, Cornwall College.

Anne-Marie said, “Dementia is a prevalent condition, with around 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025”.

“Cornwall has a growing older population and we are seeing this disease being diagnosed more and more. Helping to identify people with dementia as early as possible, recognising people with typical symptoms like memory loss, thinking, problem solving and behaviour changes, is something that the Alzheimer’s Society and their Dementia Friends initiative is about”.

The dementia awareness session was the brainchild of Karen Sawyer, Cornwall Home Solutions Manager; who recognised the need to create an information session for the benefit of their employees and subsequently their clients.

Karen added, “Becoming Dementia friends has helped raise awareness amongst staff and the knowledge gained will enable the service to help someone living with dementia to live well by providing the appropriate adaptation, raising awareness amongst our partners and improving the way in which we engage and communicate with people living with dementia.”

Attending the session were many of Cornwall Home Solutions partners and agencies.

Francis Philippa, Foundations Strategy Lead, National Body for Home Improvements Agencies said, “I was really pleased to support a day in which people at the coal face get a chance to look up and plan for a better future. I was delighted to find some real examples of best practice in terms of the way the team supports people coming out of hospital or moving to a more appropriate home”.

Anne Marie concluded, “Anyone looking to expand their knowledge of dementia can attend a course on The Principles of Dementia Care hosted by Cornwall College and we even offer a Memory Café on a Thursday afternoon where people living with Dementia, partners and carers can meet up for an informal chat, games and lots of hot tea and cake”.

For further information on dementia visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org.uk and for more details on becoming a dementia friend visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk

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