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London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Dementia Action Alliance

Purpose

The purpose of the Dementia Action Alliance in Richmond is to help local businesses and organisations to become dementia friendly. We want to create a community that has a good understanding of dementia and is committed to helping people to live well with dementia.

Background

There are over 820,000 people living with dementia in the UK and it is estimated there are over 670,000 family and friends currently acting as primary carers to someone with dementia. Many people with dementia and their carers are still not living well with the condition, and quality of life varies.

  • 77% of people with dementia feel anxious or depressed*
  • 67% of people with dementia do not always feel a part of the community*
  • 44% of people with dementia feel they have lost friends after being diagnosed*

(*Dementia Report 2012)

How to get involved

We welcome any organisation based, working or providing a service for residents in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames to join us in creating a dementia friendly community. More information on how to join can be found at www.richmond.gov.uk/rdaa or you can get in touch by emailing DementiaActionAlliance@richmond.gov.uk.

Why should my organisation get involved? 

We will endorse your organisations commitment by giving you a nationally recognised dementia friendly logo to acknowledge to the public that your organisation is working towards becoming dementia friendly. The Richmond Dementia Action Alliance will also help your organisation to access dementia training to raise awareness of dementia and provide you with local networking opportunities to share ideas and good practice.

Melanie Cressey, Partnerships Coordinator, Richmond Commissioning Team (London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group) DementiaActionAlliance@richmond.gov.uk

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Alliance Members