A dementia awareness day held at the Victoria Pavilion in Uckfield was a great success, according to organisers.
The event was hosted by Sussex Support Service, which is based at the pavilion and offers support for people with dementia, and there were stalls carrying information and advice on the disease.
There were also two interactive Dementia Friends sessions designed to help create dementia-friendly communities so changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia.
In the course of the day 37 dementia friends were made and two volunteers signed up for a befriending service.
Dementia Friends were asked to:
- Get in touch and stay in touch with someone living with dementia
- Volunteer for an organisation that helps people with dementia
- Campaign for change eg by signing up to Alzheimer’s Society’s campaigns to improve the lives of people with dementia
- Wear my badge and tell five friends about the Dementia Friends initiative
- Carry out a personal action
A similar day was held in Buxted earlier in the week where it was revealed that the village has been chosen for a pilot scheme leading the way in dementia care.
There’s more about the effects of dementia here: The reality of dementia – understanding makes life better.
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