Working together to help dementia sufferers
Action plan gets going
celebrate its 30th anniversary BUSINESSES and villages in Bucks have joined forces to take a leading role in tackling dementia in the run up to Dementia Awareness Week.
On Tuesday April 28 Great Missenden became the second area after Stokenchurch to implement the Dementia Friendly Community Initiative.
And Parchment Law Group, based on Station Road, Gerrards Cross, are running free clinics for people who want to find out more about the disease.
Michael Shiman, partner, said: “It’s a problem which is becoming more public.”
He added: “I’d like to think it’s something people are becoming more aware of and beginning to realise that there is something they can do rather than watch someone sit and deteriorate.”
Organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK and Carers Bucks have joined Bucks County Council to raise awareness of the disease through the community initiative.
They hope the initiative will increase public
Rennie Grove Hospice Care raised £30,000 at a ball to awareness and understanding about the disease and how it can affect a person’s ability to complete daily activities.
Patricia Birchley, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “People with dementia and memory impairment want to remain independent for as long as possible, but they and their carers often talk about the everyday challenges they face trying to live well with their condition.
“This can include difficulties in navigating around due to poor signage, using public transport and maintaining social contact.
“We want to make this easier for them – and hope that the DementiaFriendly Communities initiative will help this happen.”
Speaking about Parchment’s involvement Mr Shiman said: “In our work we do see people who are aware of the issue. We want to put plans in place for people to protect themselves.”
He added: “We can explain what legal options there are, which can be powers of attorney, which can help, but it depends on individual cases, but we can counsel them according to their situation.”