Lymington Dementia Action Group
Increasing awareness of dementia in the local community
The Lymington Dementia Action Group (LDAG) is a group of volunteers based in and near Lymington who are helping the area to become 'dementia friendly'.
We formed as part of a national initiative that encouraged communities to recognise that the increasing number of people living with dementia and their carers need our understanding and support. That by being more “aware”, we could all make small changes in our own behaviour which will help people with dementia to feel less confused and frightened, and carers to feel less alone caring.
We spread the awareness of dementia in the community, developing “signposting” to help those affected to find the support they needed.
And now we are focusing on the active organisation of events and activities which are of benefit to people with dementia and can at the same time provide some respite - and even fun - for their carers. Activities like art, listening to music and making music, sporting reminiscence and tea dances.
Background to LDAG
On 20 September 2014 Lymington was formally recognised as a "Dementia Friendly Town". Now the work continues, to build on what has been achieved so far and to build a truly dementia friendly community to support the increasing number of people ranging from the elderly to the not so old at all, each trying to come to terms with a diagnosis of dementia and what it means for themselves and their loved ones, and where to get the most appropriate support.
The thinking is that if we all understand better what dementia is, we can make small changes in our attitudes and behaviour, which in turn will make dementia less firghtening and more "normal" for those affected. Although there is as yet no cure for dementia, with the right support it is possible to live well with dementia. People with dementia can love better, for longer - and we all play our part in helping to make that happen.
We can all help in different ways depending on our roles in the community - from medical people, to those running shops and cafes, to school children in town and visiting grandparents - all of us are likely to meet people with dementia in our daily lives.
LDAG comprises a number of people from the caring professionals, but also others from backgrounds such as legal, retail and communication. We also work alongside the Alzheimer's Society and help to publicise that charity's many and varied efforts and activites in the fight to beat dementia for the future, and make it more torable for those already affected by it.
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