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Dementia Awareness Week 2016 finishes tomorrow and it’s been a great week of activities. Right at Home Central London is proud to have been part of such a worthwhile campaign.
In Bryan McMorrine's role as a Dementia Friends Champion, he conducted a Dementia Friends Information Session in Camden Town Hall on Tuesday, where five people signed up as new Dementia Friends.
Two new fantastic new Support Workers joined his team this week to service clients in Westminster. On Wednesday, they both became Dementia Friends. All the Right at Home Central London team are Dementia Friends as they feel it is an essential understanding that all the team should have, whether working in clients home or their office. They also provide additional high quality dementia training for any support workers looking after clients with dementia.
On Thursday, Bryan attended the Dementia Action Alliance morning in Camden alongside other local businesses that support Camden. This was a great morning where they discussed how to make the borough of Camden more dementia friendly. The new Camden Mayor, Nadia Shah, also presented her commitment the cause.
Today, Bryan McMorrine attended a Dementia Friends Champions event at London’s City Hall. Bryan was hoping to meet the new mayor, Sadiq Khan, but no such luck. However, it was still a great morning where they shared tips on the best techniques for delivering Dementia Friends Information Sessions, networked with other Dementia Friends Champions and discussed a campaign to make London the UK’s first dementia friendly city.
The statistics on people living with dementia in London really drive home the need for everyone to be dementia aware – 72,000 people living with dementia, 4,200 of whom are under 65 years old.
This week really drove home the amazing work done by the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Friends. Dementia Awareness Week last year created 15,000 new Dementia Friends so they will find out soon if this benchmark has been passed for 2016.
If you missed last’s program on BBC1 ‘The Truth About Dementia’ then check it out on BBC iPlayer. In this report, Angela Rippon investigated Alzheimer's disease. She learned how people can help to prevent it, met some of those who are living with it and explored her own risk of developing it.
Please feel free to call Bryan McMorrine, Managing Director at Right at Home Central London if you would like to discuss in more detail.