23 April 2014
Canterbury Christ Church University will be hosting a Dementia Friendly Market Place this week, showcasing work and support in Kent making it a better place for people with Dementia to live.
There are currently around 22,000 people living with dementia in Kent and by 2026, this figure is expected to rise to 30,100, so it is an issue which is likely to impact on everyone in some way.
The Market Place is a chance to come along and meet people across Kent who are making a difference in a personal and professional capacity, in libraries, businesses, shops, care homes, galleries, hospitals, schools, churches and their own homes.
A new Kent Dementia Action Alliance, which brings together groups from all walks of society dedicated to transforming the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers, will also be launched at the event.
Professor Jan Dewing Lead for the Dementia Care Innovation Hub at the University said: “This event shows Canterbury Christ Church University’s commitment to the goals of the Kent Dementia Action Alliance, and for keeping health care professionals in the region for to date on information about dementia care.
“As a University we are aiming to become the first Dementia Friendly faculty in the country. We already include dementia care within our Health and Social Care curriculum and ensure that our students are kept up to date with new methods of caring for people with dementia. Our students and staff in Faculty of Health and Social Care will also become Dementia Champions and encourage other members of the University community to take Dementia Friendly awareness sessions.
“These sessions, along with the work of the Kent Dementia Action Alliance will raise the issues people with Dementia and their careers can face on a daily basis, especially when out in public. It will help people to understand the illness and hopefully reduce the stigma and change the public’s perception of Dementia.
Kent County Council’s Social Innovation Lab Kent team is co-ordinating the work to make Kent a Dementia Friendly Community and is a member of the new Dementia Action Alliance.
Graham Gibbens, KCC cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said: “The launch of the Kent Dementia Action Alliance really shows our commitment, and the commitment of many organisations across Kent, to make a real difference to the lives of people living with dementia and their families.
“KCC wants to deliver a dementia friendly service to people in Kent and raise awareness across the county about this condition. Dementia is something that is going to touch all of our lives in the future, either through ourselves, our friends or families, and we all need a better understanding of it.”
The event, which is running from 10am to 3pm, Thursday 24 April, Augustine House. It is hosted by the Kent, Sussex and Surrey Dementia Care Innovation Hub at Canterbury Christ Church University, will include 60 plus exhibitions, displays, films, demos, information and showcasing work. The Market is open to everyone, particularly those affected by dementia or with concerns about it. Health professionals and other people living with dementia and their families are available to talk to.
Visitors can also take part in dementia friends’ awareness sessions, which are designed to help people learn how they can help their community become more dementia friendly.
For more information about the Market Place, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01227 863 530. .
Notes to Editor
- To find out more about becoming a Dementia Friend, visit the Dementia Friends website and watch the video http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk or call the Alzheimer's Society on 0207 264 2662.
- Other members of the alliance include the NHS, local authorities, voluntary sector organisations, faith communities, emergency services, arts and culture, education and academic organisations, businesses, and health and social care organisations.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey