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East Herts is officially "dementia friendly"

People with dementia and their carers will be reassured to know that East Herts Council has been recognised by the Alzheimer's Society as a dementia friendly community.

It follows almost a year of preparation by the council - setting up an East Herts Alliance with other groups, holding training sessions so that people can qualify as a dementia friend and giving talks to wide range of community groups to help raise awareness.  

Stickers on windows and doors of organisations will show people which organisations, in partnership with the council, have joined the East Herts Dementia Action Alliance.  The stickers give out the message to people living with dementia and their carers they are understood, respected and supported. 

Cinema screenings

Monthly dementia-friendly film screenings at Hertford Theatre are proving popular with their audience. Tea and biscuits are provided in a relaxed atmosphere and carers go free.

Among those trained to become dementia friends are councillors, staff, older pupils at Chauncy School in Ware, Bishop's Stortford College sixth formers,  Tesco staff, Parkinsons groups and Layston Grove Care Home in Buntingford.

New councillors elected after the May local elections will have dementia awareness sessions as part of their induction programme.

Living better

Claire Uwins of the Much Hadham Health Centre patient participation group, said: "There's so much happening locally to inspire and support families to live better with dementia.

"Our community is really tuning in to what it's like to be someone living with dementia. We're now all showing much more empathy for those struggling with this often invisible disease. The Bishop's Stortford retail community and many other organisations are leading the way for us and are a key reason why the Alzheimer's Society have awarded East Herts Council with this important dementia friendly communities status. We're very lucky to be ahead of the curve."

Council staff have held awareness raising sessions with PCSOs while representatives from the fire and police services attend meetings of the alliance.

The council supports a range of social groups across the district where people with dementia and their family and friends can meet, relax and share their concerns.  

 

 

 

 

April 15 2019