Waltham Forest Big Hitters Join Forces for Dementia

Police officers, football clubs, MPs, Housing Associations, superstores, voluntary and council organisations united on Thursday 23 October with the Mayor of Waltham Forest to support the estimated 2,055 people living with dementia in the east London borough.

Leyton Orient football ground played host to the launch of the Waltham Forest Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) with special guests including John Cryer MP and Chief Inspector Chris Jones.

Members of the DAA pledge to take three actions to improve their services for people with dementia. These actions could be anything from incorporating dementia awareness into internal training for customer facing staff to making housing properties more dementia friendly.

The launch comes after an Alzheimer’s Society report found that less than half of people living with dementia feel a part of the community (47%) and nearly three quarters (73%) of UK adults surveyed do not think society is geared up to deal with dementia.

The aim of the Dementia Action Alliance is to help create a community where people with dementia feel confident, understood and supported to live well.

Linda Milton, Chair of Dementia Action Alliance said:

‘It’s vital that people living with dementia should still be able to enjoy all Waltham Forest has to offer. Many people with dementia have reported feeling trapped in their own homes and let down by their communities, with one in three only getting out once a week and one in 10 only manage this once a month. This is simply unacceptable.

‘The Waltham Forest Dementia Action Alliance aims to address the isolation that many people living with dementia can feel and we are delighted to see so many of Waltham Forest greatest attractions and services committing to helping people in the community live well with dementia.

‘Alzheimer’s Society wants to create Dementia-Friendly Communities and the DAA is the best vehicle for doing this.’

The Waltham Forest Dementia Action Alliance is always looking for new members as well as other alliances in the Borough If your organisation would like to join contact Nafisa Saboowala: Nafisa.Saboowala@alzheimers.org.uk, call 020 8556 8171 or visit www.dementiaaction.org.uk.

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