Public meeting to make Bath dementia-friendly
A public meeting to challenge Bath to do more to help dementia sufferers and their carers is to be held next month.
The event on February 21 will look at ways of training people from bus drivers to bank clerks to respond to the needs of people with dementia.
Meeting organisers at not-for-profit training group See Change in Dementia (corr) have posed the question: Can Bath become a dementia-friendly community?
The group says all are welcome to the meeting at 7.30pm at St Michael’s Church in Broad Street, which is being arranged at a time when more than 2,500 people in Bath have dementia.
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See Change in Dementia director Anne Challenor-Wood said: “The fear and stigma associated with dementia prevents many people from seeking the support which they need. As a community we need to tackle our own fears and find ways of supporting people with dementia in a positive way.
“Whether we are family, friends, neighbours, in a service role such as shop assistants, bank clerks, bus drivers, or in a caring role such as doctors and nurses, we all need to have an idea of what it might be like to be a person with dementia, so that we can respond appropriately with compassion and understanding.”
Speakers at the meeting, which has been organised in conjunction with Bath Churches Together, will include the chief executive of local community health care provider Sirona, Janet Rowse, as well as representatives of the city charity Research Institute for the Care of the Older Person, and the Alzheimer’s Society. There will also be short performance by Arabella Tresillian of the Therapeutic Media Company aimed at conveying the voices of people with dementia.
Ms Challenor-Wood, whose own mother had vascular dementia for 16 years, will be involved in a series of community workshops in the Bath area in March.