The Town Council has achieved recognition of its support for those living with Dementia and their carers by being awarded membership of the Dementia Friendly Network and the right to use the official “Working to become a Dementia Friendly Organisation” symbol. Conferences, training events and awareness raising sessions over past years have demonstrated the Council’s commitment to playing its part in building a community which seeks to care for and value everyone.
There are 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this will increase to over 1 million by 2025. Dementia is an incurable condition caused by diseases of the brain, which over time seriously impair the ability to live independently – symptoms can include memory loss, mood and personality changes, and behaviour that challenges others such as serious confusion, agitation and aggression. Many people with dementia also have other medical conditions or develop them during the course of their illness. Caring for those with dementia can be tiring and stressful, physically, emotionally and financially but with early diagnosis and help those with dementia can continue to live a good quality of life.
Dover Town Council has committed itself to the Dementia Action Alliance’s “National Dementia Declaration” which includes supporting those living with dementia to make the I-statements a reality in their lives –
- I have personal choice and control over decisions about me
- I know that services are designed around me and my needs
- I have support that helps me live my life
- I live in an enabling and supportive environment where I feel valued and understood
- I have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life
- I know that there is research going on which delivers a better life for me now and hope for the future
The Council will also continue with its programme of events and training, and ensure that matters such as communication and signage are designed with the needs of everyone including those with dementia in mind.
Councillor Pam Brivio, Chair of the Civic and Special Projects Committee said
“Working to Become a Dementia Friendly Organisation shows that the commitment to doing more and doing better is on-going. If we all – as individuals and organisations – play our part and take a little bit of time to learn about dementia we can take action. Together we can do a huge amount to help those with dementia and those who care for them live well – and that means our Dover community will be a better, stronger and more compassionate place for everyone.”