Work­ing to­gether to help de­men­tia suf­fer­ers

Ac­tion plan gets go­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­

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.”

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