During Dementia Awareness Week (Monday 15 to Saturday 20 May) there are a number of events running across North Kirklees where you will have the opportunity to find out a little more about how in everyday life you could be a Dementia Friend.
Dementia Friends learn a little bit about what it’s like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. The aim of these events is to provide people with a better understanding of dementia and the needs of those living with the disease. The sessions also offer attendees an insight into the everyday experience of dementia, looking at signs, symptoms and the potential impact of the disease on family, friends and close ones. Dementia Friends will also be equipped with the information to signpost people to get the most appropriate advice and support.
You can find out further details and register your place on one of these events at www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBSession
All 28 GP practices in North Kirklees, Curo Health Limited and the CCG are members of Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance and are keen to raise awareness of the disease, to ensure that signs of dementia are recognised earlier leading to an early diagnosis. An early diagnosis means that an appropriate and tailored package of care can be put in place quickly for the patient and their family or carers.
Dr Andrew Cameron, GP governing body member and dementia lead for NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are committed to raising people’s awareness of dementia, which is not a natural part of ageing. A timely diagnosis can help sufferers and their families live well with the illness and plan for the future.
“We are supporting people to become Dementia Friends. You don’t need any previous experience or knowledge of dementia to become a Dementia Friend, but by doing so you will learn more about dementia and the small ways you can help.”
If you or a member of your family, carer or friend has any concerns about someone with memory problems please speak to your GP in the first instance.