Dougie Mac is pleased to support Dementia Action Week, a national annual event championed by the charity, Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness and to promote taking actions, big or small, to help make everyday life better for people living with dementia.
One way Dougie Mac is doing its bit for Dementia Action Week is by hosting a Dementia Awareness Breakfast this morning where, in a bid to make local organisations and the community more dementia friendly, corporate partners – including intu Potteries, M&M Technologies, Qube Environmental and PH Production Services Ltd, to name a few – attended to develop their understanding of dementia. The event gave an insight into the disease that now impacts 850,000 people in the UK and how it impacts a person, and the small things we can all do to help those living with the condition.
Following networking over breakfast and reception, there was a presentation delivered by Dougie Mac’s own Admiral Nurse, Wendy Mountford on how the hospice works with those living with dementia and their loved ones and carers. Attendees also completed a short training course to become Dementia Friends, the biggest ever initiative to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about dementia.
There was also the opportunity to speak with Alan Hewitt, a gentleman who was a carer for his wife Ann before she sadly lost her battle with dementia; he discussed his experience of the hospice as he received support from Admiral Nurse Wendy Mountford, and also his involvement with various initiatives to promote an understanding of the disease in the community.
Wendy Mountford, Dougie Mac Admiral Nurse, adds:
“Working with Alan is a real privilege; his understanding of dementia and being a carer, owing to his personal experiences, enable him to provide sound guidance and to positively influence dementia care in the community.
Dementia Friends training really is a wonderful initiative that focuses on the small things that everyone can do to make the lives of people with dementia that little bit easier. Every individual and organisation should consider taking actions to become dementia friendly. Advice is available from Dougie Mac on 01782 344300, or can be found on the Alzheimer’s Society’s website: www.alzheimers.org.uk/.”