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Dementia can be a very difficult issue to discuss, particularly if you are worried that you, or a member of your family, may have the condition. Talking about the problems associated with dementia can be a very important way of finding out what you are dealing with and taking control of your life. That’s the thinking Dementia Awareness Week, organised by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Throughout the week, a number of awareness and fundraising events will be run across the country. These events, together with a national advertising campaign and extensive press coverage are designed to spread the message that when it comes to dementia, burying your head in the sand and hoping the problem will go away just isn’t an option.
The Alzheimer’s Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The society runs Dementia Friends, a national initiative funded by the government that aims to improve people’s understanding of dementia and its effects with the goal of creating dementia friendly communities.
Dementia Friends training is open to individuals and organisations. At the training sessions, participants learn about the difficulties people with dementia have when going about their daily lives and how to lend a hand to make a difference in the life of someone living with dementia.
To become Dementia Friends Champions, our staff attended a training session run by the Alzheimer’s Society, during which they learned more about dementia, how it affects people and the actions that Dementia Friends can take to help people in the local community who are living with dementia. In addition, as Dementia Friends Champions, they also found out how to run information sessions in the community to inspire others to become Dementia Friends.
Speaking about the Dementia Awareness week, and the Dementia Friends scheme, Dawn Joughin, Head of Private Client Law here at Canter Levin & Berg said:
“As a lawyer specialising in elderly client matters, I felt it was particularly important to understand fully the issues and challenges dementia patients and their families face on a daily basis. The qualified lawyers in my department, who are also all members of Solicitors for the Elderly, have attended the Dementia Friends Champion training and it is our aim to educate all our colleagues in Canter Levin & Berg, and the wider community of the causes and effects of dementia.”