Dementia Support...

Kent Dementia Action Alliancejpg What a great turn-out for the Dementia Information Roadshow this morning (24th May)! - So much valuable information on offer, conversations to be had and progress to be made towards the idea of setting up our very own Dementia Café in St Margaret's. With the experience being gained by visiting similar cafés elsewhere, the interest expressed this morning and the potential need of such a service in our locality, we wish Liz and the team all the perseverance, fortitude and practical help to get this established.

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The Kent Dementia Action Alliance are a group of Kent organisations who want to work together to better meet the needs of people with dementia so everyone can live well within their communities. A wide range of partners are now members of the Kent Dementia Action Alliance, a full list of members along with their individual action plans can be found on the Dementia Action Alliance website. Their 24hour helpline is 0800 500 3014.

The membership of the Kent Dementia Action Alliance and the more local Alliances and Dementia friendly community forums are ‘open’ to all. Organisations, businesses, groups and residents can get involved at the level which best suits them. This could be by becoming Full members, Supporters or by joining a smaller local Dementia Friendly Community forum.

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There are also Dementia Friends, an Alzheimer's Society initiative. A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Whether you attend a face-to-face Dementia Friends Information Session or watch our online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

There are, of course, many causes and types of dementia. One cause can be alcohol abuse, with an increasingly strong link being identified between alcoholism and dementia. Rehab Recovery are an organisation that specialise in rehab and detox services, from alcohol, drugs, eating disorders and gambling. They have an article on their website written by Ollie Clark regarding alcoholism and dementia which you can read here.. This article provides a clear insight into how alcoholism impacts the brain, and with the growing concern in the news regarding excessive, and often unrecognised, alcohol consumption in the middle aged, this is not something that should be ignored.