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Event to make life easier for people living with dementia

Further steps to make life easier for people in Swansea living with dementia will be discussed at an event at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea on Thursday (May 18).

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It will also give people living with dementia and their families and carers a chance to raise any concerns they have, find out about local services or just pop in for a chat over a cup of tea.

As of 2013 there were 43,477 people living in Wales with dementia with 3,363 of these residing in the Swansea Council area.

The open morning is being staged by Dementia Friendly Swansea to mark Dementia Awareness Week.

The Dementia Friendly initiative is a partnership between Swansea Council, the ABMU health board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, South Wales Police and Natural Resources Wales.

It has seen thousands of frontline council staff, police officers, health workers, firefighters and others sign-up for the project which aims to see Swansea become a Dementia Friendly City.

All the organisations have been publicly recognised by the Alzheimer's Society for their work towards becoming dementia-friendly.

Thursday's open morning at the museum starts at 9.30am. There will be an official welcome by Lesley Abbot who is chair of Dementia Friendly Swansea followed by a discussion about the findings of a recent questionnaire to help the group plan for the future.

The Dementia Friends Session will commence at 11.30am.

Dementia Friends was launched in February 2013 by the Alzheimer's Society. It is a trailblazing initiative that aims to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.

Swansea Council's support for the Dementia Friendly initiative is part of its Ageing Well action plan.

The action plan includes developing initiatives such as an Age-Friendly City Centre, the roll-out of Local Area Co-ordinators across the city and building partnerships with other organisations to promote well-being.

Ms Abbot said: "We're calling on people in Swansea to show their support at Thursday's event in the National Waterfront Museum.

"Dementia doesn't care who you are; it could affect us all. It's set to be the 21st century's biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes, and so many people are facing it alone.

"People with dementia often feel - and are - misunderstood, marginalised and isolated but with the right support and understanding they can continue to live fulfilling lives and make a contribution to their communities. So, unite with us now and join us on Thursday."

To find out more about dementia go to www.alzheimers.org.uk and to find out more about being Dementia Friendly in Swansea go to www.swansea.gov.uk/Dementia or phone 01792 687801.


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