Book Online

Columnists

Philip Evans

Columnists

From The Editor's Chair.

All Columnists

News

HONITON:Support for dementia campaign

Thursday, 03 July 2014


A campaign to make Honiton a more ‘dementia-friendly’ town has won the support of councillors and the local business community. Volunteers are working together to initiate a ‘Dementia Action Alliance Group’ for Honiton, which would help to educate residents and improve understanding of the illness. Representatives from key organisations in the town will come together to steer the campaign, which aims to create a community of ‘dementia friends’ in the Honiton area. And both the town council and business chamber have already pledged their support. Reporting to councillors at a recent meeting, Dementia Friendly Community Champion Heather Penwarden, said: “Dementia is not pleasant and is never easy to talk about, but this is changing and more and more high-profile people are suffering with the illness or speaking out about their experiences. “We are looking to convert Honiton into a dementia-friendly community where we provide a safe and supporting environment for people living with dementia in their own communities. “We need to show a high level of public awareness and understanding that will help people retain their independence and have choice over their own lives.” One in three people will know someone who has some form of dementia – an illness that costs the UK economy £23billion a year. And at least 200 people in Honiton suffer with symptoms of memory loss. The process of transforming Honiton into a dementia-friendly town would take around 12 months, including a dementia awareness day and a public campaign to improve understanding. Mrs Penwarden added: “Our attitudes are changing and we live in a very different world. “This is not something we can sweep under the carpet – it can affect us all. “Awareness and attitude change can make an enormous difference. But this is not a task for one person or one organisation – it has to come from the whole community. “Anyone can become a dementia friend and any action can help.”

All content © of Pulmans Weekly News unless stated otherwise.



Comments on this news item:

Be the first to comment using the form below.

Add your comment:

Submit your comment below :
Your Name (required) :
Your Email*(required) :
Your Location (required) :
Security question (required) : 6 + 7 =

Your Comment (required) :
Maximum Number of characters for this text box is 400.

You have 400 characters remaining for your description...

I agree to the terms and conditions and comment rules (required) :
The Pulmans Weekly News may edit your comments and not all comments may be published.
Your comments may be published on any Tindle Newspaper Ltd. media.
*Your email address will not be displayed.


Enter the code as it is shown below (required):

Adverts



Main Links

Local Newspapers

Advertise with us

Online Pictures

Online Pictures

Adverts


RSS

Deliver the news to your desktop

Mobile

Browse our site on the go

Subscribe

Subscribe to our newspaper

Archives

Search though the archives

Photos

Buy photos online

Social Bookmarks

Add news to your social networking page