Hexham Town Council are working with Alzheimer’s Society to develop the town as a Dementia Friendly Community. With over 850,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK, and approximately two thirds of those still living at home in their communities, it is now more important than ever that we increase public awareness and understanding of dementia. This is particularly true in Northumberland where we have a higher than average ageing population.
Essentially, a Dementia Friendly Community is a community where people have an increased awareness and understanding of dementia, and where people affected by the condition are able to remain active and involved in their communities. People often lose confidence and become isolated following a dementia diagnosis, but we want Hexham to be a place where those living with the condition still feel confident to use local amenities, knowing that if they were to become confused or forgetful, the people they come in to contact with would be supportive (be those people shop assistants, staff at the local leisure centre or a member of the general public for example).
Local groups and organisations wanting to become involved should contact Hexham Town Councillor Nuala Rose who is able to provide information packs and access to the ‘dementia friendly’ symbol (Hexham 607661). This symbol will be issued to groups and organisations wanting to actively support the initiative. We hope soon to have these symbols displayed around the town in shop windows, noticeboards etc.
Development Officer – Alzheimer’s Society Northumberland
Tel: 01670 813 255 (Ashington Office) or 01434 607 318 (Tynedale Office)
Alzheimer’s Society Central Northumberland Office, Suite 23, Wansbeck Workspace, Rotary Parkway, Ashington NE63 8QZ
Alzheimer’s Society – Leading the fight against dementia