Are you Dementia friendly?

This week I became a Dementia Champion as part of the Alzheimer Society’s Dementia Friends initiative. This now allows me to run information sessions where you can a learn little more about what it’s like to live with dementia, and you are then encouraged to decide on one action that you will take as a result of your new understanding of dementia.The five key messages are stressed throughout the session:

1. Dementia is not  a natural part of ageing.

2. Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain.

3. It’s not just about losing your memory.

4. It is possible to live well with dementia.

5. There’s more to the person than the dementia.

As a company that often deals with people with varying degrees of dementia, I wanted to find out more and make some kind of commitment to understanding dementia and to take some positive action, and this is exactly what Dementia friends is all about. The aim is for there “to be a million people with the know-how to help people with dementia feel understood and included in their community”. My aim is to pass on the information to as many fellow professional advisors as I can, so that we can all make what we do more dementia friendly.

I am able to come to your office to give sessions for groups of people, or you can simply come to one of our upcoming sesssions. The information sessions only last for about an hour. if you would like any further information please call me on 01473 358190.

Steve Wilkes

Head of Estate Planning

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