Dementia awareness session to be held at the Plaza

Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Havant Borough Council has signed up to the Dementia Friends initiative to mark this year’s World Alzheimer’s Day and will be hosting a session to raise awareness of the condition.

The Dementia Friends initiative aims to transform the way people think, act and talk about dementia. As part of signing up to the initiative, Havant Borough Council is encouraging community groups, charities and businesses in the borough to become dementia friendly, and will be holding a dementia awareness session on Tuesday 2 October, 1-2pm, at the Public Service Plaza, Havant, PO9 2AX.

The one-hour session is free to attend and will be led by a volunteer Dementia Friends Champion who will talk about dementia, the challenges faced by people with the condition and how we can better support the dementia community.

Community-based and customer-focused organisations have an important role to play in ensuring people living with dementia can continue to live their lives and be an active part of their community for as long as possible.

Dementia is a disease of the brain which can affect memory, everyday tasks, communication and perception. There are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK of which there are 18,000 in Hampshire and approximately 2,000 of those residing in the Havant Borough - this figure is set to rise.

People with dementia face many challenges going about their daily lives. These include going shopping, using public transport, socialising and getting involved with their community. When they face difficulties, it adds to their stress and can lead to them reducing, or giving up, their community involvement and becoming isolated.

If you would like to attend the session, please contact Clare Newton, clare.newton@havant.gov.uk 

Councillor Leah Turner, Cabinet Lead for Communities, Development and Housing, said: “Havant Borough Council is pleased to be working in partnership with Dementia Friendly Hayling to promote the awareness of dementia across our borough.”

For further information about Dementia Friends please visit: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk