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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Drop-in sessions for 'Dementia Friends'

14/05/2015

older persons
Older person

A trio of drop-in sessions will take place next week to encourage individuals, organisations and businesses to become ‘Dementia Friends’.

"With an increasingly aged population, dementia is an issue that is affecting more and more people and can have devastating consequences both on their lives and on the lives of their loved ones. Shocking statistics show that the majority of people who lose their lives in accidental house fires are over 65, and with almost a quarter of the UK’s population predicted to be that age or older by 2035, it is absolutely that we take action to help protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community."

Alan Snell - Station Manager based in Central Risk Reduction

The awareness sessions, on Monday, May 18, is being held as part of national Dementia Awareness Week. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire County Council and Dementia Action Alliance are hosting the events.

They will be carried out by ‘Dementia Friends’ Champions’ who will talk to people about what it’s like to live with the condition and how they can make day to day life easier for those who have been diagnosed.

This can involve simple steps such as informing other people about dementia, helping someone with the condition to catch the right bus or going to the shops to pick up groceries for someone who has been diagnosed.

There will be three sessions at Staffordshire Place One, in Stafford town centre, each lasting approximately 45 minutes. People don’t need to book onto the events, which start at 10.30am, 11.45am and 1pm.

Representatives from each of the organisations will also be on hand throughout the day, from 10am-4pm, to talk to visitors about the help available to people with dementia.

Alan Snell, Station Manager based in Central Risk Reduction, said:  "With an increasingly aged population, dementia is an issue that is affecting more and more people and can have devastating consequences both on their lives and on the lives of their loved ones. Shocking statistics show that the majority of people who lose their lives in accidental house fires are over 65, and with almost a quarter of the UK’s population predicted to be that age or older by 2035, it is absolutely that we take action to help protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

"During Monday’s event we will be taking referrals for free Home Fire Risk Checks as well as providing general home and road safety advice. It is one of many initiatives that we are running in connection with our partners. We will continue to work closely with them to protect residents who have been diagnosed with dementia and to educate members of our community on how to help friends, relatives and neighbours with the condition."

County Councillor Alan White, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said: "Dementia is one of the biggest challenges facing the county, and it is essential that we raise awareness of the services and support available for people affected by dementia, including their carers and families. By working with local organisations such as the fire, police, and local clinical commissioning groups, we can ensure people with dementia get the right support they need, and their families and carers are aware of the help available to them."

Information on other events that Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is attending as part of Dementia Awareness Week will be featured on the website: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk