St Andrew's is working to become a dementia friendly churchIt is estimated that nearly 9,000 people are living with dementia in Worcestershire, and it is important that we take action now to support anyone affected by dementia to live well in their community.
We are part of an initiative to make Ombersley a village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported, and confident they can contribute to community life.
In a dementia friendly community people will be aware of and understand dementia, and people with dementia will feel included and involved, and have choice and control over their day-to-day lives.
We encourage church members to become Dementia Friends. A Dementia Friend is someone who has attended an hour long information session, and has committed to an action that will make the lives of people living with dementia a little better.
Each of us a can do our best to:
- be patient and understanding;
- think about how we can support friends and neighbours who have a diagnosis of dementia, or who may be caring for someone living with dementia;
- use appropriate language when talking about someone living with dementia, making negative terms such as "sufferer" a thing of the past;
- become a part of the drive to create a dementia friendly environment in St Andrew's and Ombersley.
For more information visit:
Dementia Friends (www.dementiafriends.org.uk)
Dementia Action Alliance (www.dementiaaction.org.uk) (search for "Ombersley" to see local initiatives)
The Alzheimer's Society (www.alzheimers.org.uk)
You can see details of St Andrew's action plan here.