I have joined forces with the Alzheimer’s Society and Oldham Council’s Dementia Partnership to help make Oldham a dementia-friendly community, a place where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported and confident that they can contribute to community life. I wrote about the event here last week.
Along with the Alzheimer’s Society, Oldham Council, and the local community, I attended the event ‘Building Dementia Friendly Oldham: A Call to Action’ to learn more about the disease and how to improve the lives of those living with the condition locally.
There were over 40 people who attended the event, from a wide range of organisations across the borough. I spoke about my personal experiences of dementia before comments from my colleague Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP (pictured above with Helen Morris from the Alzheimer’s Society). Helen then conducted a dementia friends session for attendees.
I am already a Dementia Friend and have pledged to become a Dementia Friends Champion, becoming the first MP in the country to train to do so.
We made a short video of the event, Building Dementia Friendly Oldham which can be viewed online and gives a snapshot of Friday’s event as well as information on how to join Oldham’s Dementia Action Alliance.