Dementia Friendly Communities

  • Friday May 13th, 2022
1024 512 Cambrian Railway Partnership

Dementia Action Week runs from 16th to 23rd May, campaigning to raise awareness by working with individuals and organisations across the UK to encourage people to ‘act on dementia’.  This year’s campaign focuses on the theme of diagnosis.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, research shows that the misconception around memory loss being a sign of normal ageing is the biggest barrier to people seeking a dementia diagnosis. The Alzheimer’s Society wants to encourage those who might be living with undiagnosed dementia to come to them for guidance and support and feel empowered to take the next step.

In honour of Dementia Action Week, we want to recognise the communities and organisations along the Cambrian Line who are active Dementia Friendly Communities where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported.

The Alzheimer’s Society describes a dementia-friendly community as a community where people will be aware of and understand dementia, so that people with dementia can continue to live in the way they want to and in the community they choose. These communities are vital in helping people live well with dementia and remain a part of their community.

Dementia Friendly Newtown is a community-led, voluntary, not-for-profit group, established in June 2016 with an aim to raise and increase community awareness and understanding of dementia within Newtown and surrounding areas. Visit their website to see support groups and activities in the area.

Welshpool Dementia Friends are supported by Welshpool Town Council. In March it was announced that a much needed support resource for those living with, or caring for someone with dementia is opening in Welshpool. Dementia Matters in Powys have worked with Dementia Friendly Welshpool to host a Dementia Centre at the Clives Own Welshpool Scout Headquarters and Community Centre (COWSHACC).

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Porthmadog has gained recognition of ‘Working towards becoming Dementia Friendly’. The town has a steering group who have created a pledge form where local businesses and organisations are to commit to working towards actions to complete those pledges. More information can be found here.

Porthmadog

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To find local support services for people with dementia and their carers visit the Alzheimer’s Society website.

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