Council promotes dementia awareness ahead of Community Project launch in Diss

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Norfolk County Council is promoting dementia awareness and understanding this week in an effort to make Diss and other local communities more dementia friendly.

Libraries in Diss, Wymondham and Fakenham will host information sessions from May 19 to May 24 to enlighten people about the condition and offer advice, in addition to providing educational book lists and reminiscence packs designed to provide stimulation for people with dementia. These sessions are running as part of the national Dementia Friends campaign.

Dan Roper, Norfolk County Council’s Chair of the Norfolk Heath and Wellbeing Board, said: “Our aim is for Norfolk to become a champion in developing dementia friendly communities but we can only achieve this by working together.

“We all have a role to play in this, which is why we’re encouraging as many people as possible to become Dementia Friends.”

This takes place ahead of the official launch of the Dementia Friendly Community Project in Diss on Tuesday, June 24.

The project aims to assist dementia sufferers and their carers, as well as offer training to businesses and organisations to help them become dementia friendly in their practices.

Joanne Mountjoy-Dixon, the Age UK Norfolk Dementia lead, said: “Increased awareness helps to reduce the stigma often associated with dementia and this helps people with dementia to talk about their condition and prevents them from becoming isolated from their community.”

This initiative will be the third of its kind in Norfolk, with the first dementia friendly project launching in Wymondham last September.