Meet the new ‘Dementia Friends’ at Nursing Home

Stocks Hall Nursing Home in Dentons Green recently had the pleasure of hosting a Dementia Friends session, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Society, reaffirming their commitment to raising awareness of dementia in the local community.

Eight members of staff and two family members attended the session which was ran by Tony Rimmer, local Dementia Friends Champion, who led a very informative presentation, discussing types of dementia and the prevalence of the disease over the past decade.

The Dementia Friends initiative now have over two million Dementia Friends across England and Wales, who are going out into their communities with a greater understanding of dementia and some of the ways they can help people living with the condition. Dementia Friends state their main aim is to help create communities in which people living with dementia feel more understood and included.

Stocks Hall Home Manager, Kelly Hull commented, “We are proud and honoured to join the Dementia Friend’s family. We feel it is vitally important to support and raise awareness within the local community. The Dementia Friends badges will be worn with pride.”

Around 850,000 people in the UK live with dementia, which is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases such as Alzheimer’s or a series of strokes. Symptoms include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, speech and problem solving.

For more information about joining Dementia Friends, visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Staff names in the photo from left to right are:

Katie Goldthrope, Sharon Leach, Danielle Twist, Carol Worthington, Lyndsey Mercer, Sharon Ann Leach and Sue Reid

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