Becoming a dementia friendly parish

How many people have been affected by dementia that you know? Because it’s a condition that can affect our memories and change our behaviours, it doesn’t just affect the person living with it.  It can affect everyone that knows them, loves them and helps to care for them.

“There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and 700,000 friends and family members caring for them.  Over 24 million people know a family member or friend living with dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Research UK, 2015

Dementia causes the cells of the brain to die more quickly than in normal ageing. This leads to a general decline in a person’s abilities.  Individuals may be forgetful, especially of recent events, and they may be muddled about time or place and have difficulty carrying out familiar tasks.  Behaviour may be unusual or challenging.

Dementia is more likely to occur as we get older and so, as we are living longer, it has become more common. But there are still a lot of misunderstandings about dementia.  Our parishes have a huge role to play in helping people live well with dementia.  We all need to work towards being more dementia friendly so that everyone feels they are not just included in parish life, but that they really belong.

Is it possible for loving church communities to get it wrong and, with the best of intentions, be dementia UNfriendly?  Read Mavis’s Story Mavis’s story

Dementia Friends from Shipley’s St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Are you interested in your own Parish becoming more Dementia Friendly?  We have two trained Dementia Friends Champions who can offer short one hour information sessions to groups in your Parish.  To book a session or for more information, please get in touch Dementia Friends Session




Dementia Friendly Leeds have produced A dementia friendly Taxi Guide .

It contains guidance on supporting customers with dementia to travel. The focus is on taxis, but much of the guide is also relevant for other forms of transport too. Feel free to offer feedback and share – Dementia Friendly Leeds would like to hear if the guide was useful to you. And do feel free to share with local taxi companies.  It’s important to make transport  as accessible as possible for people with dementia.

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