A Dementia Friendly Abingdon Steering Group was set up by Healthy Abingdon to make the town more supportive of people with dementia and their carers. We are making the town into a Dementia Friendly Community as defined and monitored by the Alzheimer's Society. There is little support for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), so it is hoped that we can also to help those people.
Clearly the end result is to help those with dementia and MCI but we do not do this directly but by helping other individuals and organisations who have contact with the public to have more understanding when dealing with those with dementia. The main ways we are doing this is by raising awareness of dementia at public events and by holding awareness sessions with individuals and with organisations that deal with the public such as cafés, shops, GP reception staff, care homes, police, fire service, etc. People attending the sessions can register with the Alzheimer's Society as a dementia friend and receive a Dementia Friends badge.
When/where we meet
The Steering Group meets at Stowford House Care Home, Shippon, on the first Tuesdays in the month. Contact us if you would like to contribute to the Steering Group or to volunteer in some way, or if you would like us to run an awareness session for your group or organisation. We are keen to hear from any local Dementia Friend Champions.
Those providing the Dementia Awareness Sessions have had training from the the Alzheimer's Society.