This October I became a Dementia Champion as part of the Alzheimer Society’s Dementia Friends initiative. This now allows me to run information sessions where you can a learn little more about what it’s like to live with dementia, and you are then encouraged to decide on one action that you will take as a result of your new understanding of dementia. The five key messages are stressed throughout the session:
1. Dementia is not a natural part of ageing.
3. It is not just about losing your memory.
4. It is possible to live well with dementia.
5. There’s more to the person than the dementia.
As the head of a company that often deals with people living with varying degrees of dementia, I wanted to find out more and make some kind of commitment to understanding dementia and to take some positive action, and this is exactly what Dementia friends is all about. The Alzheimer Society’s aim is for there “to be a million people with the know-how to help people who are living with dementia feel understood and included in their community”. My personal aim is to pass on the information to as many fellow professional advisors as I can, so that we can all make what we do more dementia friendly.
I am planning to host sessions for groups of interested people on a monthly basis, alternatively if you would like me to run a group presentation for your organisation please give me a call and we can set something up. The information sessions only last for about an hour, if you would like any further information on the session dates please call 01778 382723, check out the Dementia Friends Session dates on our website www.will-probate.co.uk/dementiafriend or follow on Twitter @Willbroker