On a mission to create a dementia friendly community in Fenland

Official launch of Fenland Dementia Action Awareness at the March Library. Left: Julie Philps and Ll

Official launch of Fenland Dementia Action Awareness at the March Library. Left: Julie Philps and Lloyd Dennis from Dementia research. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A dementia action group has been officially launched in the Fens as part of a nationwide drive to provide advice and support for sufferers and their families.

Official launch of Fenland Dementia Action Awareness at the March Library. Left: Hillary Shepherd fr

Official launch of Fenland Dementia Action Awareness at the March Library. Left: Hillary Shepherd from Alzheimers Society. Paul Mathews from Centra, Trudy Couchman from Alzheimers Society and Julie McNeill, Healthwatch Cambs, Trudy Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Members of Fenland Dementia Action Awareness (DAA) were in March library giving out information.

The number of people thought to have dementia in Fenland is 1,853 but of those only 950 have a recorded diagnosis - suggesting almost half of sufferers have not had their condition recognised.

A spokesman for DAA said: “There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. It costs the UK economy £26.3 billion a year and can ruin the lives of people living with it and those that care for them.

“The DAA is working towards bringing about a society-wide response to dementia.”

Official launch of Fenland Dementia Action Awareness at the March Library. Dawn Long from Age UK. Pi

Official launch of Fenland Dementia Action Awareness at the March Library. Dawn Long from Age UK. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant


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The Fenland branch is on a mission to increase awareness of dementia by recruiting a wide range of groups and holding awareness sessions.

They are speaking to families to ask about improving care, holding regular quarterly meetings and working towards creating a recognised dementia friendly community in Fenland.

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Already on board are Lloyds Bank, Fenland District Council, Circle Housing, Cambridgeshire Police, Care Network, Cambridgeshire Public Health, Alzheimer’s Society, Wisbech Community Development Trust and the Rotary Club of Wisbech.

The Fenland page on the national DAA website went live two months ago followed by the public launch this week.

Official launch of Fenland Dementia Action Awareness at the March Library. Left: Kim Walton and Cath

Official launch of Fenland Dementia Action Awareness at the March Library. Left: Kim Walton and Catherine Tuffin from Assistive Technology. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

For details contact hilary.shepherd@alzheimers.org.uk.

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