AFG talk dementia during Dementia Awareness Week

This week we are supporting the Alzheimer’s Society’s National Dementia Awareness Week, 18 – 25 May 2014. This year’s theme is “Don’t bottle it up”, which aims to encourage people to talk about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as well as raising awareness and funds across the UK.

Dementia Awareness Week

To mark the week here are some top tips on supporting someone with dementia from Carol Toner and Carey Bamber, AFG’s Dementia Friends Champions.

Top 10 tips on supporting someone with dementia

  1. Dementia is not just about losing memory – it can affect everyday tasks.
  2. Talk to family and friends.
  3. Have honest discussions about what the person you’re supporting would want if ever the time came that you didn’t have capacity.
  4. Tell people about your memories; develop memory boxes to describe the important and happy times in your/supported person’s life. They will be a huge asset to aid connections to somebody.
  5. Remember there is more to somebody than their dementia.
  6. Recognise the signs of dementia: forgetting, loss of confidence, confusion in the structure of a sentence and changes in mood/personality.
  7. Remember a name isn’t important it’s the connections that count.
  8. It’s about progress not perfection – repeat this every day.
  9. Watch for signs that you or others are trying to “freeze frame” someone into who you are comfortable with them being, we have no right to move forward with our own lives whilst trying to get someone to stay in the past.
  10. Focus on what the person can do, not what they can’t

Become a Dementia Friend

Dementia Friends logo

In addition AFG are supporting Public Health England and the Alzheimer’s Society’s campaign to create one million Dementia Friends by 2015.

​AFG is encouraging its staff and members of the public to become Dementia Friends by attending a short session to learn more about the disease, how it can affect people and their perception, as well as how  they can help to create a dementia friendly community.

Free Dementia Friend sessions are currently taking place throughout the North West at AFG’s local offices.

Date Time Location
2 June 10.00 – 11.00am Empire Business Centre, 2 Empire Way, Burnley, BB12 6HA
3 June 10.00 – 11.00am 52 Greenheys Road, Wallasey, Wirral, CH44 5UP
1 July 10.00 – 11.00am The Lindens, 14 – 16 Chester Road, Middlewich, CW10 9ET
29 July 10.00 – 11.00am Lion Court, Kings Drive, Kings Business Park, Prescot, L34 1BN
5 August 10.00 – 11.00am 52 Greenheys Road, Wallasey, Wirral, CH44 5UP
11 August 10.00 – 11.00am Empire Business Centre, 2 Empire Way, Burnley, BB12 6HA
4 September 10.00 – 11.00am The Lindens, 14 – 16 Chester Road, Middlewich, CW10 9ET
29 September 10.00 – 11.00am Lion Court, Kings Drive, Kings Business Park, Prescot, L34 1BN
7 October 10.00 – 11.00am 52 Greenheys Road, Wallasey, Wirral, CH44 5UP
10 October 10.00 – 11.00am Empire Business Centre, 2 Empire Way, Burnley, BB12 6HA
7 November 10.00 – 11.00am The Lindens, 14 – 16 Chester Road, Middlewich, CW10 9ET
25 November 10.00 – 11.00am Lion Court, Kings Drive, Kings Business Park, Prescot, L34 1BN

Attendance must be booked in advance by emailing  angela.buckley@afg2017.wpengine.com or calling 0151 489 5501.

Jon Burgess, Compliance Coordinator at AFG said: “Thank you for the recent Dementia Friends session, it was the most worthwhile hour I have ever spent. All staff at AFG need to go on this.”

Please help us to mark Dementia Awareness Week this year by getting as dementia friendly as you can.

To find out more about this year’s campaign please visit The Alzheimer’s Society website.