Crickhowell bids for dementia-friendly status

By Staff reporter in Local People

Crickhowell is taking its first steps to becoming a Dementia-Friendly Town so that people living with dementia can remain a part of their community and not feel excluded from it. 

With Abergavenny and Brecon already committed to the initiative, a Dementia Friends Information Session will be held on Tuesday May 9 at 7pm at St Edmund’s Church.

In order to be effective, the scheme has to involve the whole community - shop assistants, public service workers, faith groups, businesses, police, fire and ambulance staff, bus drivers, school pupils, clubs and societies and community leaders.

Crucially, everyone needs to learn a little about dementia and the way that doing simple and practical things can make an enormous difference.

The purpose of creating a dementia-friendly community, according to the Alzheimer’s Society, is to reduce stigma, raise awareness and inspire action - and across Wales more and more communities are getting involved.

Various groups in Crickhowell, including high school students and local dentists, have already undergone awareness sessions organised by the Alzheimer’s Society.

A spokesperson explained, “Where there’s a greater awareness and understanding of dementia individuals living with the condition can remain independent, having choice and control over their lives.

“Dementia-friendly communities also recognise how important it is for carers, family and friends to be, and feel, supported and able to find the advice and help they need.”

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