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Be a part of the Dementia Friendly Community

05 January 2015

Working to Become Dementia Friendly

Bracknell & Wokingham College is proud to announce our membership to the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) meaning we are part of the Dementia Friendly Community (DFC). Here are a few statistics courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Society signalling why this is an important move for the college:

  • By 2015 there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK
  • There are 40,000 younger people with dementia in the UK
  • Delaying the onset of dementia by five years would reduce deaths directly attributable to dementia by 30,000 a year
  • Only 44% of people with dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive a diagnosis

According to the above statistical map 50.06% of people with dementia have received a formal diagnosis of their condition in the Bracknell and Ascot area, meaning that there are a lot of people with undiagnosed dementia within our own town and local community.

Awareness of the disease is largely driven by the brave acts of well-known public figures coming forward in the press about their own experiences. Author Terry Pratchett has spoken openly about the condition since his diagnosis in 2007 and today the BBC have published the news of actress Prunella Scales diagnosis.

With dementia on the rise, gaining an understanding of the disease and how to deal with and help dementia sufferers is something that the college feels strongly about and is working toward.

As a member of the DFC the college is committed to working to become dementia friendly and wants, as part of its employability agenda, to ensure visitors with dementia and their carers feel safe and welcome in our environment. Training will be made available for all customer facing staff and students at the college to learn more about dementia and the right approach to dealing with dementia sufferers.

The college also runs a bookable course in dementia awareness with a Level 3 Certificate in Dementia Care, for more information email study@bracknell.ac.uk or call 01344 868600.

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