To celebrate this year’s dementia action week the Dementia Action Alliance is committed to creating even more Dementia Friends, to enable Reading to work towards becoming a dementia friendly town.
Members of the Dementia Action Alliance are running several Dementia Friends sessions in Reading libraries across the town.
By becoming a friend you commit to an action and a set of principles to change perceptions around dementia. This year dementia action week is about getting everyone to take an action. The group will ask you to join the pledge and carry out a task from something small to as big as you can manage. Every Action Counts. You could help fundraising or visit someone living with dementia, become a Dementia Friend or commit your organisation to become dementia friendly and sign up to the Dementia Action Alliance.
The Dementia Friends programme is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative to change people’s perceptions around dementia. The session is free to all, and you can book your place on line at https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBSession#.WtBoi-mouS4 or just pop along on the day. Each session only takes about an hour, they are interactive, informative and enlightening. Here are the details of the sessions during Dementia Action Week:
- Tuesday 22nd May Tilehurst Library 12:00 noon
- Tuesday 22nd May Battle Library 2:00pm
- Tuesday 22nd May Southcote Library 6:00pm
- Wednesday 23rd May Palmer Park Library 10:00am
- Wednesday 23rd May Caversham Library 12:00 noon
- Thursday 24th May Whitley Library 2:00pm
- Thursday 24th May Reading Central Library 2:00pm
The Dementia Action Alliance is a group of dedicated volunteers who aim to bring about change for people living with dementia in Reading. We believe that everyone living with dementia can live well with the support of their community, who take the time to understand what it really means to be a dementia friend or a dementia friendly organisation.
Did you know there are over 100 different types of dementia, dementia affects each person differently and that’s why it’s so important we take the time to really understand what it is like to live with dementia.
If you think dementia doesn’t affect you? Dementia affects everyone! Your colleagues, family, neighbours and loved ones. Dementia is now the single biggest killer, unfortunately there is currently no cure however it is possible to live well with dementia in our town with increased understanding and support in our communities.