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NPICC raise Dementia awareness

53Muhammad Ismael ::

The Newbury Park Islamic Cultural Centre held a Dementia Friends Information session to highlight the effects on Dementia on people’s lives and how people living with Dementia can be supported to live well.

By the end of the Dementia Friends session all attendees became Dementia Friends and were presented with pin badges. The session was well attended and was run by Dementia Friends Champion and volunteer Emdad Rahman who said: “It is possible to live well with Dementia and these information sessions are a brilliant way to raise awareness in communities. I really enjoy the interaction with attendees and the passion shown to help people living with Dementia.”

The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of Dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.

Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways one can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone living with dementia, every action counts.

Abdul Hannan attended the event. He said: “Our community will benefit from this workshop and we may do an even bigger session with more people in the future. The info session is bright, interactive, and easy to understand. I particularly enjoyed the discussion on making a cup of tea and how complex a task that we do without thinking can be for someone living with Dementia.

“Our session was an eye opener. We now know that it is possible to live well and we are committed to ensuring our establishment is a Dementia Friendly venue.”

Mohammed Muhith is a Dementia Support Worker. He added: “We have had a very interactive session today. With support and understanding it is possible for a person with Dementia to live and enjoy a normal life.”