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WRVS supports Dementia Awareness Week

Friday, 01 July 2011

alliance logoBack in October last year WRVS was one of the 45 organisations which came together to form the Dementia Action Alliance and sign a ‘National Dementia Declaration’ - aiming to transform the way people with dementia are viewed and how they are treated, paving the way to improving their quality of life.

WRVS is proud to continue its work as part of this alliance, and to support the work of awareness raising initiatives such ‘Dementia Awareness Week’ 3rd – 9th July. Organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, this year’s event is based around the idea of ‘Remember the person’: encouraging people to be a friend to someone with dementia and to make people realise that people living with dementia are just people.

WRVS and the Alzheimer’s Society have also joined forces to produce a leaflet, Practical ways to support a person living with dementia, designed to help people manage the effects of dementia.

This leaflet includes 10 practical tips on ways to help people with dementia, as recommended by the Alzheimer’s Society, such as taking the time to really listen to them, as well as considering how best to support other members of their family who may dedicate a lot of their time to caring for the person with dementia.

"Dementia Awareness Week is a really important way of raising the issues surrounding Dementia we should all be aware of. As part of the Dementia Action Alliance we believe it’s vital more people understand how to help those with dementia, which is why we’ve put together a leaflet outlining ten ways to help manage the effects of dementia. We’re proud to support the awareness week and will continue to find ways to help support those with dementia."

Frank Garofalo, general manager of older people's services at WRVS

Through understanding what each individual older person needs, WRVS services can support and re‐connect people in ways appropriate to them. Whether through one to one activity, through befriending services, or in a group setting such as a social clubs, local WRVS services stimulate the social interaction so important to people with dementia

For more information visit the Dementia Action Alliance website

For further information

WRVS is one of Britain’s leading age positive volunteering charities with over 45,000 volunteers working to help make Britain a great place to grow old in.  If you are over the age of 14, we have volunteering opportunities in communities, in hospitals and in emergency situations.

Find out how you could become a WRVS volunteer, call 0845 601 4670 today or search for volunteering opportunities in your area. Or help make a difference by making a secure online donation to WRVS.

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