Tynedale Dementia Action Alliance (DAA)
We are a small but growing steering group for Tynedale DAA that was set up to create and support Dementia Friendly Communities across Tynedale, and to transform the quality of life for both individuals and families living with dementia.
It is an exciting time for us all because we are raising the profile of dementia and changing lives from Haltwhistle through to Hexham, Corbridge, Stocksfield and Prudhoe, with our latest additions being Bellingham and Riding Mill.
SO WHAT IS A DEMENTIA FRIENDLY COMMUNITY?
A Dementia Friendly Community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood and respected; continue to feel a valued part of their community; feel supported to remain independent, and have choice and control over their lives.
The Dementia Friendly Communities programme is an Alzheimer’s Society’s initiative launched in 2013.
The Dementia Friends programme is a part of this initiative, to increase understanding and awareness, and change people’s perception of dementia.
It aims to transform the way people think, act and talk about the condition.
HOW DO WE BECOME A DEMENTIA FRIENDLY COMMUNITY?
Attend a Dementia Friends Information Session and become a Dementia Friend.
Organisations and individuals are encouraged to become Dementia Friends by attending a Dementia Friends information session, which is free, lasts 45-60 minutes, and those attending learn five key messages about dementia, and a little bit about what it is like to live with the condition.
It is a friendly and interactive session, which includes activities and opportunities to share ideas and think about the small changes that can you can do to create a Dementia Friendly Community.
For more information visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk
HOW DO BUSINESSES AND ORGANISATIONS BECOME DEMENTIA FRIENDLY?
Invite your staff to become Dementia Friends and apply to become a local member of Dementia Action Alliance. You can do this by completing a short action plan, to highlight three simple changes you can make to improve the lives of people with dementia.
This can be done by visiting the DAA website www.dementiaaction.org.uk and joining the local (Tynedale) membership of the DAA.