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Dementia Support

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Dementia Friends are 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.
  We were delighted to welcome Penny Reason to St Margaret's on 4th January, to talk about how people can live well with dementia and how we can all be a part of this.  Really positive thoughts came out of the meeting, with a number of valuble initiatives that we as a community will look to progress in the near future.  We'll keep you updated.

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. 

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.

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