Oxted Dementia Friendly Community
Titsey Rotary is delighted to be a member of the Dementia Friendly Community initiative in Oxted.....
Titsey Rotary Club is part of an initiative being set up by Surrey County Council, Tandridge Locality, to make Oxted a Dementia Friendly Community.
There are estimated to be around 300 people in Oxted living with dementia and research shows that most people with memory problems change their shopping habits, or even just stay at home. They can lose confidence in going out alone and this leads to being socially isolated. We all have a part to play in ensuring that this condition is understood and encouraging those living with it to live fulfilling lives in a safe way.
What is a Dementia Friendly Community?
"A city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported, and confident they can contribute to community life. In a dementia friendly community people will be aware of and understand dementia, and people with dementia will feel included and involved, and have choice and control over their day-to-day lives."
As part of the initiative local businesses are getting involved and signing up as Dementia Friends - anyone can do that - sign up for a local Dementia Awareness Session - it's just an hour long and it's free of charge. Details of these Awareness Sessions are available from Sue Lippmann, using the contact Rotarian link on this page. It will give a broad picture of some of the issues faced by those living with dementia that you might come across in your day to day interactions. If you don't have time for that there are very short online videos that you can complete at a time to suit you on the Dementia Friends website.
The Oxted Dementia Friendly Community launched during Dementia Action Week 20 - 26 May 2019 - see their Facebook page for the latest information.