Suffolk Mind staff to become Dementia Friends during Dementia Action Week
Staff at Suffolk Mind are training to become Dementia Friends during Dementia Action Week this May (20-26).
Becoming a Dementia Friend means that you learn more about what it’s like to live with dementia. There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in England. In Suffolk, it is estimated that 12,800 people are living with dementia (1).
Dementia Action Week is organised every year by the Alzheimer’s Society. Its aim is to unite people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia. Suffolk Mind staff will be joining the 2.5 million people who are already Dementia Friends.
Dawn Williams works for Suffolk Mind and is carrying out the Dementia Friend training: “As a volunteer Dementia Friends Champion, I think it’s important for everyone to become a Dementia Friend to raise awareness. I am proud to be part of a growing network of people helping to create dementia friendly communities across England.
“The Dementia Friends sessions take just an hour, to learn about the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friend programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia. Every action counts”.
Suffolk Mind launched a new service in 2018 called the Suffolk Young Dementia Network to support people in Suffolk who have traits, or a diagnosis, of young onset dementia. Figures suggest that those who live with the condition may be up to 6-9% of all people with dementia. The charity currently facilitates monthly meet-ups for people aged between 30 and 60 who are living with dementia.
Author: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 20th May 2019
Suffolk Mind launches new Suffolk Young Dementia Network
Suffolk Mind is launching a new peer support group to help people who have traits or a diagnosis of young onset dementia.
The Suffolk Young Dementia Network comes off the back of a 6 month service launched by Suffolk Mind last summer, for people aged between 30 and 65 who are living with dementia in Suffolk. Figures suggest that those who live with the condition may be up to 6-9% of all people with dementia. Overall in Suffolk, it is estimated that 12,800 people are living with dementia (1).
The group will be based in different areas of Suffolk on a monthly basis and is a gathering point for younger people with dementia and their carers to offer support to each other.
Peter Berry who will be using the Suffolk Young Dementia Network was diagnosed with dementia when he was 50 year’s old: “When I was told I had dementia, I didn’t think it was going to be that bad and I thought I could deal with it. However, when you get home and think about the enormity of what the future will hold, it lays heavy on your shoulders. I got very depressed and down about it, in the first 12 months, me and my wife hardly told anybody, I felt embarrassed.
“One of the key things that I and so many other people in my position lack is peer support; having some sort of network with people in the same age group is very important. Peer support networks don’t just help people with dementia, it can actually save lives. It can save people from depression; it can save families and give people a sense of worth. It gives people something to look forward to and for some it can be a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Peter’s wife Teresa Berry said: “This has been something that we’ve wanted for so long – I have never met a single person in Suffolk in the same boat as we are – it’s so isolating. To have a group that will hopefully grow and spread would be wonderful”.
The launch of the Suffolk Young Dementia Network is being held at DanceEast in Ipswich on Sunday 17th February 2019, 11am – 1pm. There will be a pop-up games café for all abilities and refreshments.
Sue Gray, Suffolk Young Dementia Network Co-ordinator said: “When you are younger than the perceived age to ‘get’ dementia it’s frightening to go to the doctor and explore why your memory and planning abilities seem to be changing – and then possibly being told that you have Dementia. Dementia is a life changing condition at any age but when you are young it is all the more difficult to take in and adjust to.
“We want people to be able to meet others in a similar situation – either face to face, via email or over the phone, and be able to exchange support and information.”
Author: Ellie Winch
Posted on: 13th February 2019
Suffolk Mind launches new service to tackle dementia in young people
Suffolk Mind is launching a new service to support people in Suffolk who have traits or a diagnosis of young onset dementia. Figures suggest that those who live with the condition may be up to 6-9% of all people with dementia. Overall in Suffolk, it is estimated that 12,800 people are living with dementia.
Author: Stuart Dent
Posted on: 11th May 2018