Helping make the Epping Forest region dementia friendly

According to The Alzheimer’s Society, there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to 1 million by 2025. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, but what all forms of dementia have in common is a high risk of behavioural disorders- change in personality and people behaving out of character.

We now have two Dementia Champions in our team: Debbie and myself. We are going to train as many of our staff to become Dementia Friends this next week.

We have scheduled as many CAREGivers as possible to come into our office week commencing 5 June to train as a Dementia Friend. It is our first big step towards helping the Epping Forest Area become dementia friendly. We hope to then offer this training to family and friends of clients and any interested people in the wider community.

I will keep you posted on our progress with updates on this part of our website. Remember contact me if you wish to become a Dementia Friend.

Here are some warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease that are important to look out for.

Memory loss that disrupts daily life: One of the most common signs is memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned information.

Challenges in planning or solving problems: Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers.

Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure: People sometimes may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favourite game.

Confusion with time or place: Losing track of dates, seasons, and the passage of time.

Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships: For some people, having vision problems is a sign. They may not realise they are the person in the mirror, for instance.

New problems with words in speaking or writing: You may notice a person has trouble following or joining a conversation.

Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps: Placing things in random unusual places. Sometimes the person may accuse others of stealing the items.

Decreased or poor judgment: Experience changes in judgment or decision making.

Changes in mood or personality: Some can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful, or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, or with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone.

If you have questions or concerns about dementia, it is best to visit with your GP, who can help guide you in the right direction.

If you, or someone you know, wishes to become a Dementia Friend then please ring me, Victoria, on 01992 666777 or email me [email protected]

I look forward to hearing from you.

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