How Buxton can improve the lives of locals and visitors who live with dementia - while boosting businesses and saving NHS cash at the same time - will be revealed at a meeting in the University of Derby’s Buxton campus on July 28.
The Alzheimer’s Society is sending a representative to meet local groups with a view to setting up dementia friendly status for Buxton, which would aim to create a greater awareness of the problems and needs of this growing section of the population.
Co-hosted by the University and the Buxton older people’s charity The Hall Bank Trust, the meeting will hear how Buxton could form a Dementia Action Alliance.
The Alzheimer’s Society focused on Buxton after helping student Janet Brookes research tourism for those with dementia as part of a dissertation for her MSc in International Hospitality Management.
The Society’s East Midlands Alliance Coordinator Gill Collins said a diagnosis of dementia is issued every three minutes in the UK. A dementia-friendly community is one in which people with dementia are empowered to have aspirations and feel confident. With proper planning and care, people living with dementia can stay in their homes longer, lead an active life and continue to participate in society.
But local knowledge is key, said Gill: “People who are local know what the local issues are, and as a group you can draw up a plan to decide what to do.
“The benefit to people with dementia and their carers is that they will feel that they can still participate in community life without stigma or fear.
“For every one person with dementia that is able to stay in their own home for a year longer, rather than entering residential care, it would save over £11,000.”
If an Alliance were to be formed in Buxton, then the Society would support it via its own page on their website where participating businesses would be identified as being dementia friendly, as well as being able to use logos recognised nationwide for display in shops and cafes.
“Visitors who come from Cornwall, for example, will recognise the logo on a shop or café and know that they are welcome,” said Gill.
Another way in which a town can become dementia-friendly is to offer specific organised activities, and ensure that existing leisure services and entertainment activities are more inclusive of people with dementia.
The meeting will start at 2pm. To book a place, e-mail John Phillips, Community Liaison Officer, University of Derby, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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