On Monday 15 May we attended the Camden Dementia Awareness Week Conference and Bazaar at the London Canal Museum. Victoria, our Project Officer, gave out information outlining what we do and how we can help people with dementia and their carers’ get their voices heard in the provision of services.
An estimated 1,700 people with dementia live in Camden and wide range of support is available. The importance of getting out, interacting with other people and trying new activities was one of the main themes of the event.
People at the event gave moving testimonials on the challenges they face and opportunities open to them.
John, 93, said helping others made him feel useful and active. He said: “You should still be trying to give something back. For example, getting your neighbour’s shopping for them if they are not feeling well. That way you feel you are contributing and not just someone people are looking after.”
Councillor Alison Kelly, chair of the Camden Dementia Action Alliance attended. Her mother had dementia. Other guests included Councillor Richard Cotton, the new Mayor of Camden.
At the end of the conference, Akademi South Asian dance group led a Dance Well workshop for guests.
We go to events to listen and get feedback from the local community on health and social care services. We want services in Camden to reflect the needs of our diverse community. We encourage local people to speak to us, especially when we are out at community events.
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