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22/05/19

Becoming dementia friendly in Bradford district and Craven

Local organisations in Bradford district and Craven are making a commitment to understanding and including people with dementia by becoming dementia friendly.

Bradford Council and Craven District Council together with the three NHS Bradford district and Craven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), are working with the Alzheimer’s Society to support the development of dementia friendly communities. The main aim is to help people live well with dementia so they continue to be part of their community and have rewarding, independent lives.

More than 6,000 people in Bradford district and Craven live with dementia, which is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Symptoms can include a loss of concentration and memory problems, mood and behaviour changes and difficulties with communication. The risk of developing dementia increases as we get older but it isn’t a normal part of ageing.

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Image: Mazhar Ellahi and Muhammad Irfan from Lidget Green Walking and Outdoor Club, and Ross Collard (centre), Dementia Friendly Communities Co-ordinator for the Alzheimer’s Society in Bradford.

There are a number of dementia friendly communities and organisations in Bradford district and Craven. This week, Dementia Action Week, Lidget Green Healthy Living Centre have been officially recognised as working to become dementia friendly.

Lidget Green Healthy Living Centre aims to promote the health and wellbeing of the local community.  Its activities include a walking club, gentle exercise sessions and crafts workshops. Shazad Khan, trustee, Lidget Green Healthy Living Centre, said: “We are trying to increase the understanding of dementia and increase awareness of the dementia champions project.”

Ross Collard, Dementia Friendly Communities Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Society, said: Many people with dementia are not able to take part in activities they enjoyed before they developed the condition. They want to engage with society but need support. It is possible for organisations and communities to make small changes that will make day to day lives of people living with dementia, and their families and carers, much better. These enable people to stay part of a community for longer. I would urge everyone to find out more on how you and your neighbourhood can become a dementia friendly community.”

Dementia friendly communities throughout Bradford district and Craven offer advice on how to become Dementia Friendly. If you’re in Bradford, please contact Ross Collard, Ross.Collard@alzheimers.org.uk or if you’re in Craven, please contact, Kate Senior (Craven) ksenior@cravendc.gov.uk

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