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Dementia Awareness

13/09/2018

‘Dementia is not a natural part of ageing; it is caused by diseases of the brain and it’s not just about losing your memory. It’s important to remember there is more to a person than the dementia and with a little effort we can all help a person live well with dementia.’

These were the key messages taken away from two ‘Dementia Awareness’ sessions trialled at our depot in Feeder Road recently. The interactive sessions were delivered by Tony Hall from Bristol Dementia Action Alliance. Tony is a retired telecoms engineer and a fulltime carer for his wife Barbara, who lives a full life with dementia.


Tony Hall on the right, participating in a lively discussion with colleagues from WPD in Bristol.

Bristol Dementia Action Alliance has a campaign to make Bristol a ‘Dementia Friendly City’. To achieve this BDAA work with the business community, schools, health care professionals, children’s clubs and organisations helping them become more dementia aware.

With support from Christian Hjelm, Distribution Manager for Bristol, his team managers and team support participated in an interactive session which kicked off with a game of word bingo. Christian said: “The session was thought provoking and interactive and I would recommend that anyone given the opportunity of attending an awareness session like this should do so.”

We are now exploring ways of cascading these sessions across the business.

 

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