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Dementia Friends Update

I recently attended a very informative session about dementia where all the participants were awarded with Dementia Friend status. The session was presented by Gina Awad who is a volunteer Dementia Friends Champion and the project leader of the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance. These free sessions aim to improve dementia awareness and Gina was keen to stress that it is about living with dementia as opposed to suffering with it.

What is dementia?

Statistics about dementia can make difficult reading. Dementia is caused by diseases affecting the brain and the most common form being Alzheimer’s. Dementia actually encompasses a number of different symptoms which can include mood changes, memory loss and problems with reasoning and communication. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 850,000 people in the UK with dementia and this is set to rise to 1 million people by 2025. Two thirds of people living with dementia will live in the community and there are 670,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK. Dementia currently costs the UK £26 billion per year and surprisingly only 44% of those with dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are actually diagnosed. Therefore, having an awareness of dementia is important as it could unfortunately affect your family, friends, work colleagues or neighbours.

What is the Dementia Friends initiative?

The Dementia Friends initiative, launched by the Alzheimer’s Society, aims to be the largest campaign to overhaul our perceptions about dementia. The goals of the initiative are to firstly increase our understanding of dementia and secondly to put this into action. The government are trying to get three million more people to become Dementia Friends along with increasing research, developing care and public knowledge.   

How can I become a Dementia Friend?

You can attend a Dementia Friends information session hosted by a Dementia Friends Champion. Information sessions are often held at the Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske TR1 3LJ.

You can also watch the Dementia Friend online video or volunteer as a Dementia Friends Champion.

Further details are available at

What else should I do?

As we never know what life has in store for us, I would always recommend that your personal legal affairs are up to date. Having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place can be particularly important in regard to dementia. It gives you and your family peace of mind that you have appointed somebody to manage your affairs if you become unable to do so. If you would like to discuss this with me further, either at our offices in St Agnes and Redruth or at a home visit, then please call 01209 213646 or 01872 306287 to make an appointment.

Edward Fraser
Solicitor – Private Client (Wills & Probate)
Associate Member of Solicitors for the Elderly

Thurstan Hoskin Solicitors
Redruth 01209 213646
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