New group spotlights dementia
A PIONEERING group which will aim to help Bury become dementia friendly has met for the first time.
Bury’s first Dementia Action Alliance group consists of around 20 people and organisations who have committed themselves to develop an action plan to increase awareness of the disease.
There are similar groups being set up across Greater Manchester.
A number of organisations such as Crossroads Care, Bury Council, Bury’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, Prestwich based charity The Fed attended.
They discussed how best to implement their ideas in practice and agreed that the group should maintain strong links to share ideas and resources as well as share training and attempt to gain funding.
Another priority they set was to increase awareness of the disease within the local community.
There are more than 800,000 people with dementia living in the UK, with this figure set to rise above one million by 2025, and the financial cost of dementia is £23 billion each year.
Rachel Yates, of Making Space, a Bury organisation which offers support to people living with the condition, organised the meeting and said it was positive.
She said: “Bury is well on the way to becoming dementia friendly and improving lives.
“We hope to meet every three months to discuss further development of the alliance and would like to increase numbers and organisations.”
The group is part of a national movement led by Dementia Action Alliance, which is made up of over 480 organisations committed to improving the quality of life of sufferers Anyone interested in assisting the group, including small and large businesses, as well as sufferers and carers can attend meetings.
Call Rachel Yates 07738 148284.
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