Croydon Dementia Action Alliance
13/02/2019 14:43:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley
In 2016 Hakeem Anjorin, of Right at Home, contacted me with a view to starting up Croydon Dementia Action Alliance. Together with Bhavin Patel from Homeinstead and the late Cllr Maggie Mansell we started the work which has grown and led to a special recognition award from Alzheimer's Society, the UK's leading dementia charity, for the borough's efforts to support people living with dementia, which was presented by the Mayor of Croydon.
The awards ceremony in January followed the announcement in the autumn that the charity granted Croydon its highest accolade – Working towards dementia-friendly status.
Thousands of people have attended Dementia Friends Information Sessions organised by the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance (CDAA). At each session, people learn more about dementia and the small ways they can help someone living with the condition.
Local police and fire officers, nurses and staff at Croydon University Hospital, care home staff, secondary school pupils and relatives of people living with dementia are among those who have already attended the sessions.
Croydon Council has also introduced a mandatory policy for all staff to attend a Dementia Friends Information Session.
The CDAA’s work has significantly contributed to Alzheimer’s Society’s reaching 2.5 million Dementia Friends in the UK, with 150,000 in London. A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported, and confident they can contribute to community life.
All CDAA organisations were presented with a certificate at the ceremony for their efforts.
There are more than 3,600 people living with dementia in Croydon. It is a progressive condition that can lead to memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or communication. It is estimated that one person develops dementia every three minutes.
I know that Cllr Maggie Mansell would be extremely proud of what has been achieved and all the hard work we all put in to help those living with dementia in our borough. I am extremely sad that she was not able to be with us on this special day.