Dementia Awareness Week 15th – 21st May

BDAA’s programme of activities for Dementia Awareness Week is being planned.

Watch this Space!

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Dementia Awareness Week 15th – 21st May

Could Bristol International Airport be the first Dementia Friendly airport in the World? (Unless you know of another one!)

Unless you’re a seasoned flyer, lots of people find navigating your way through the airport process quite a stressful experience.

Imagine what it’s like if you’re a carer with someone who has Dementia.

Well, Bristol Airport made an important step forward today in becoming a Dementia Friendly Airport (maybe the first in the world – unless you know of another one!).

A dozen of their airport staff attended a Dementia Awareness session.

We discussed what Dementia is, how to identify it in people/customers and, more importantly, how to manage people with the disease.

We also thought about how buildings, public or private, may be made more dementia friendly at very little cost.

Both large and small businesses will benefit by becoming Dementia Friendly because their customers will know that staff at that business will treat them properly.

As a result, the business will get more customers – a “Win – Win” situation.

You may ask why businesses should become dementia friendly?

May I quote the director of a local firm when asked this question replied “Because it’s the right thing to do”.

As a result, his business has flourished.

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Could Bristol International Airport be the first Dementia Friendly airport in the World? (Unless you know of another one!)

Avon & Wiltshire Partnership R & D Department become “Dementia Friendly”

The whole department of AWP’s R & D Department attended an awareness session last Tuesday at their Away-Day. Is this the first whole department to become “Dementia Friends”?

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RVS becomes Dementia Aware

As as result of attending two Dementia Awareness Sessions, RVS now has 15 Dementia Friends. More sessions are being considered, particularly with new volunteers.

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BDAA makes links with the BME communities

BDAA’s objective is to make Bristol “THE Dementia City of the UK”

When talking of the city we mean all groups, all communities, both genders, all faiths ( and none), all colours, all creeds, all cultures and all sexualities; in fact everybody.

A first step occured on the 4th August 2015 when we shared our vision during  a Dementia awareness session with a Chinese Carers Group in Little Stoke.

The first step on a big journey!

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Bristol City Councillors become Dementia Friends

Following two sessions in August, fifteen Bristol City Councillors have become Dementia Friends. Sessions will be arranged in the Autumn for the remaining fifty-five! A great move forward in making Bristol a Dementia Friendly City!

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Longwell Green Vets become Dementia Aware

Tony presented an awareness session for the Longwell Green Veterinary Surgery on July 16th.

dementia talk picStaff at Longwell Green Veterinary Surgery

The session was a great success with twenty staff becoming Dementia Aware and the possibility of further sessions in the future.

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Wiltshire Farm Foods Local Leaflet

This is a copy of the local leaflet which Wiltshire Farm Foods sends out to thousands of new customers every year and so is also read by many carers. We thought that  it may be of interest to some of you.

Please click on the link below :

Wiltshire Farm Foods

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First gets on board with efforts to be ‘Dementia Friendly’

PRESS INFORMATION
From First West of England
Due to be issued: 9 January 2015

First gets on board with efforts to be ‘Dementia Friendly’
Bus operator First West of England has underlined its commitment to being Dementia Friendly by holding a Dementia Awareness event for staff in one of its Bristol depots.

In the latter part of 2014, 10 people from Bristol attended a special session at the company’s Lawrence Hill depot in the city, designed to bring those with dementia and their carers together with bus drivers and the local management team.

Run in conjunction with the Patchway Dementia Alliance and the Bristol Dementia Action Alliance, the event was designed to raise awareness and understanding of the signs and symptoms of dementia, while offering bus workers practical help and advice about how they can better assist those people with dementia who travel by bus.

As the population ages the possibility of a frontline employees, like bus drivers, coming into direct contact with older people with dementia increases. For this reason First took steps to give its staff training in how best to handle situations where people are found to be confused or disorientated on the bus.

As part of ‘Dementia Day on the Buses’ First Bristol staff were given some basic training by Dementia Alliance before having the opportunity to talk directly to older people and their carers about their experiences travelling on the bus.

Talking about the event, Natacha Tagholm, Regional Customer Services Manager for First, says: “This was a pilot event but it went very well and we are now planning to roll more of these out. It certainly had an impact. As a result of understanding more about the condition our drivers now know more about how to handle what could otherwise be difficult situations. They’ve been taught to be more understanding of the issues people face, being prepared to offer gentle help and assistance if people need it. It adds an extra layer of training over and above what we already give our drivers, and supports initiatives that we already have in place, such as the safe and better journey cards – which give people a way of discreetly asking for support and assistance. It also compliments the fact that many of our travel shops in the region are already designated ‘safe places’ where vulnerable people can access help if they need it.”

Adding, Tony Hall, Chair of Bristol Dementia Action Alliance, said: “It was an interesting and useful session, in which many of the drivers’ perceptions around Dementia were challenged. For instance one of them said to a person attending “You don’t look as though you’ve got Dementia”, to be asked in return “What do you expect a person with Dementia to look like? This underlines how first impressions, or in this case first looks, can be deceiving. Sessions like this are incredibly useful though, they help build mutual awareness and understanding, and that is good for everyone.”

On a national level First UK Bus works closely with the Alzheimer’s Society and has developed and rolled out a module of driver training for front-line staff enabling them to provide appropriate assistance, if needed, to customers who have dementia. First also won the ‘Business Award’ at the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Awards last year.

For more information about First West of England, log onto: www.firstgroup.com/bristol.

For more information about the Safe Journey and Better Journey cards that people can use to ask for help and assistance on the bus, see: www.firstgroup.com/safejourney or www.firstgroup.com/betterjourney.

 

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Purple Angel becomes Global Symbol for Dementia Awareness

Hi, this just shows how far the Purple Angel dementia campaign has come over the last year or so, we over 250 Purple Angel dementia Ambassadors and are visible in many countries across the world and we welcome many more, our arms are open to all across the globe,

Please click on and share if you like, all welcome

http://www.alzheimersspeaks.com/purple-angel-project

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