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Wimborne to become a dementia friendly community

By mbarber  |  Posted: January 06, 2014

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WIMBORNE is to be at the forefront of helping people with dementia.

The Wimborne Dementia Friendly Community alliance is to be launched at the Priest’s House Museum on Wednesday 22nd January by the Mayor of Wimborne, Councillor Andy Hampton.

The alliance has been created to support local communities improve the experiences of people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Organisers say the people of Wimborne, local communities and businesses have shown great support and enthusiasm for the project. Several companies such as Aster Living and Walford Mill Crafts are also completing an action plan to demonstrate their commitment to supporting people with the condition.

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Councillor Hampton said: “In the area we live in there are many older, retired people, with illnesses such as dementia. We need to be mindful of this in the community and make sure it is an inclusive place for all.”

He is urging local people to come to the event on 22nd January. It runs from 10.30-1pm and there will be many speakers attending, who will highlight the importance of creating dementia friendly communities. Local businesses will be displaying their services to support people living with dementia.

A recent report by the Alzheimer’s Society found that the biggest barriers to someone with dementia accessing their local community was lack of confidence or being worried about becoming confused or lost. One in ten said they had to give up everything that they were previously involved in within their local community.

If you would like to attend the launch event or find out more please contact Paula Best on 07730 287200 or paula.best@alzheimers.org.uk

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