A rallying call is going out for people to take action this week to support those living with dementia in the Sandwell and West Birmingham community.
Dementia Action Week gets underway today until May 27, and NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is calling on local people to consider becoming Dementia Friends to find out more about the disease.
The CCG, which plans and buys mental health services, has also welcomed a full day event planned for Wednesday by the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust at Edward Street Hospital in West Bromwich.
The event takes place at the hospital from 9.00am-5.00pm and aims to support the week by raising awareness of dementia among local people and signposting them to support services on offer in the Black Country.
In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes and there are currently around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia.*
People can become a Dementia Friend by watching a special video online and entering their details to receive a free information pack which is full of helpful tips and ideas. Alternatively, people can also become a Dementia Friend by attending an information session in their local area. Full details are available at https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
Dr Nick Harding, Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said:
“We strongly believe that life doesn’t end when dementia begins, so supporting people to live well with dementia is a key priority for the CCG. All of us can make a difference to so many people and their families simply by understanding how it feels to live with dementia and pledging to become Dementia Friends.
“With support, people can live well with dementia, so every action counts. Training is quick as people just need to watch a short online video, which provides them with a greater understanding about dementia, including tips to help people with the illness.
“As the population ages, we all face the risk of one day developing dementia but with the right support people with the condition can continue to do the things they love and lots, lots more.”
For more information about Dementia Action Week visit http://bit.ly/2KOIewt