Milton Keynes Dementia Action Alliance
Milton Keynes is a thriving town with a population of over 250,000. It is a unitary authority which includes Bletchley, Newport Pagnell, Stony Stratford, Woburn Sands and Wolverton. While MK has a younger age profile than England as a whole, 12% of the population are aged over 65. It is estimated that there are over 2,000 people with dementia in Milton Keynes, and in order to support them, it was decided to create a Dementia Friendly Milton Keynes.
Marion Fisher who has in-depth experience of supporting people with dementia led the initiative to create a Dementia Friendly Milton Keynes.
The aim of the MK Dementia Action Alliance is to work in partnership with businesses and the community to develop practical actions to support those living with dementia and those who care for them. While this is not an exhaustive list, the MK DAA want to reach out to shops, supermarkets, transport providers (buses, taxis and trains), leisure facilities, day centres, GP surgeries, police and Fire & Rescue, care homes, domiciliary care providers, schools and youth groups – in short, anyone who is likely to come into contact with someone living with dementia. We want to make sure that everyone treats people with dementia with respect and enables them to continue to live their lives well.
The first DAA meeting was held on 15th July 2015 at Westbury Grange in Newport Pagnell. Over 30 people from different organisations in the community attended and as a result three working groups were created to focus on:
- Retail & Entertainment
- Environment and Personal Safety
The work of the Alliance and the three focus groups will increase awareness of dementia and make Milton Keynes a dementia friendly community. There is a strong focus on consulting with people with dementia and finding out what they see as the priorities to support them to continue to enjoy living in MK and live independently.
How to join MK DAA
The Milton Keynes DAA needs support from across the community. If you are interested in supporting the aim of making Milton Keynes a Dementia Friendly Community or being part of the three Focus Groups please email email@example.com to find out how you can support Milton Keynes to become dementia-friendly.
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