Dementia & Dressing
“There are currently 800 000 people with dementia in the UK – two thirds of which are women”.
(Alzheimer’s Society. (2012). Statistics. Available: www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=341. Last accessed 10th Nov 2012)
The term ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that include loss of memory, mood changes and problems with communication and reasoning – the most common forms are Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia.
Living with this illness can make sufferers feel vulnerable and in need of reassurance. It is important that carers, family and friends do everything they can to help the person retain their sense of identity and feelings of self-worth.
“For most of us dressing is a very personal and private activity – and one in which we are used to making our own decisions…..It is important to enable people with dementia to make their own choices” (Baldwin C. (2010). Dressing: Alzheimer’s Society Factsheet 510, pg. 1)
The Alzheimer’s Society has produced a factsheet on the importance of dressing and choice for those suffering from dementia. For more information and/or to print out a copy of this factsheet please click on the link below:
Dementia Action Alliance
In 2009 the Prime Minister introduced a National Dementia Strategy which included a vision to create communities that would help people live well with dementia. In order to achieve this, local ‘dementia action’ alliances would need to be formed in towns and cities across the nation.
What is a Local Dementia Action Alliance (LDAA)?
A LDAA is made up of local businesses/organisations (varying from local hospitals to rescue services, cafes to hairdressers), working together and independently to achieve a Dementia Friendly Community.
What is a Dementia Friendly Community?
A Dementia Friendly Community helps people with dementia to remain part of the community, be more active in their local area and live better, more fulfilled lives.
As a member of the Bury Dementia Action Alliance, Esther Martin has completed and commits to an action plan that highlights how we can improve our business for those people with Dementia and their carers. You can read our action plan by clicking on the link below:
Esther Martin has been a member of Bury Dementia Action Alliance since its conception in 2013. During this time and as one of its founding members, Laura has held the roles of both Vice Chair (2013 – 2015) and Chair (2016 – June 2017). Despite stepping down from her role as Chair – to focus on her commitments within Esther Martin – Laura continues to be proactive in raising awareness of Dementia, recruiting new members to the Alliance, assisting with fundraising and is also a Dementia Friend and Champion.
Please read the following testimonial from Rachel Yates from Making Space (National Charity) and Former Chair (2013-2015) of the Bury Dementia Action Alliance.
“Laura’s commitment, energy and passion for making life better for those with dementia and their carers has grown. Laura has attended many dementia groups within Bury and interacted well with all the members who attend and enhanced their wellbeing. Laura has also contributed to organising fundraising events which has helped in raising funds and much needed awareness of dementia in the local area. In 2013, Laura was first voted as Vice Chair of the newly formed Bury Dementia Action Alliance – A role not to be taken lightly as most council and CCG leaders hold this post in other areas. Laura has risen to the challenge and with Laura’s approachable manner, enthusiasm and dedication the Alliance is going from strength to strength.”
Furthermore, on her departure from her role as Chair of Bury Dementia Action Alliance, a fellow Alliance member (NHS Professional) had this to say,
“It has been a privilege to work with you over the last two years. I will always remember the ELR Dementia Awareness Week trips last year. You are an inspiration and I am constantly amazed by what you have achieved. You have definitely made a difference to the people of Bury! You come across as professional, knowledgeable, proactive, extremely enthusiastic and also very caring and compassionate. The Bury Dementia Action Alliance has been very lucky to have you as Chair. You will be missed.”
If you would like more information on the subject of Dementia please see links below to organisations that may be able to help:
Furthermore, to understand a bit more about dementia and the small things you can do to help people with the condition, why not become a dementia friend by visiting https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/Home