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Twenty Five New Dementia Friends at LMC
Health & Social Care students from LMC have been visited by volunteers from the charity, Dementia Friends.
After the completion of the session there are now over 25 dementia friends in the Health & Social Care department at LMC, where students signed cards to be delivered to the homes of people with dementia. The Dementia Friends charity is set up to let people with dementia know that there is support for them and people are raising awareness and money to support people with the illness.
Louise and Jess from the Royal Voluntary Service kindly came to talk the students their main focus was raising awareness and how to support people who have dementia on a day to day basis. They promoted the key messages:
- Dementia is not a natural part of ageing
- Dementia is caused by disease of the brain
- Dementia is not just about losing your memory – it can affect thinking, communicating and doing everyday tasks
- It’s possible to live well with dementia
- There’s more to a person than the dementia
Louise and Jess also volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Society and travel nationwide to help raise awareness to young people in schools and colleges, and also form part of another group who give up their time to chat and spend time with people who have dementia.
Louise said “It is vital to come to places like LMC to make sure that young people can fully understand dementia. At some point in their lives, they will come into contact with someone who has dementia, with 1 out of 14 people over the age of 65 being diagnosed with disease, and this figure only increases with age. A really shocking statistic is that someone is diagnosed with dementia every 3 minutes. We are able to run awareness sessions nationwide and can even cater for groups as young as 6 years old. There are currently 2 million Dementia Friends in the UK, and we’re looking to make that 4 million by 2020.”
The Royal Voluntary Service came about from the Women’s Voluntary Service, which was established in 1938, prior to the outbreak of World War 2, and will be celebrating their 80th year anniversary this year. Queen Elizabeth II famously volunteered in the factories during the war effort, and in 1966 was made a patron of the WVS, adding Royal to the title.
National Dementia Week is coming up, running from 21st to the 25th May. Fundraising events will be running nationwide, ranging from sports, bake-offs and quizzes.
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