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17 May 2021

Share your story this Dementia Action Week

Cumbria County Council is raising awareness about the support, resources and opportunities available for people living with dementia, or who may be affected by a loved one, relative or friend that has dementia.

The national Dementia Action Week campaign runs next week, from 17 - 23 May, and is organised and led by the Alzheimer’s Society.  The week is a national annual event that aims to raise awareness of dementia, and to bring people together to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

Cumbria County Council supports people living with or affected by dementia in a number of ways.  The council’s local committees - made up of council members in each district, have a nominated Dementia Champion - they help to engage with local support groups, charities and services.  This helps to inform and support the work of the council’s local area community teams, adult social care services and other community-led projects that may be able to offer help, support and guidance.

The county council’s Dementia Champion for Copeland, Cllr Keith Hitchen has been working closely with local support group, Copeland Dementia Friends ahead of this year’s Dementia Action Week.

The group are looking for people to share their experiences of what it is like to live with dementia, whether they have a diagnosis themselves, or live with or care for someone who has dementia.  The group’s main aim is to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia and to raise awareness of the support that is available locally - particularly for those who are newly diagnosed, their families, friends and carers - and show that it is possible to live a happy and healthy life with dementia.

The Copeland Dementia Friends group is supported by and made up of representatives from:

  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • Copeland Age & Advice Service
  • Dignity in Dementia
  • Memory & Later Life Service
  • Social Prescribing Community Support
  • West Cumbria Carers

If you would like to contribute to the project, please email Copeland.AreaSupport@cumbria.gov.uk

Further details of the support available in your local area, including links and contacts for local area teams, is available via the council website.

Throughout Dementia Action Week, a series of videos featuring Copeland resident Ian Sloan, who was diagnosed with dementia in November 2013, will be shared on the council’s social media pages, and longer versions of each instalment will be uploaded to YouTube.  Ian will discuss a range of issues in the videos - from diagnosis, to living with the condition, and the affect on his family and friends.  Make sure to follow @CumbriaCC on Facebook and Twitter if you, or someone you know may benefit from watching the videos, or inspire them to share their own stories. 

Cllr Keith Hitchen, Cumbria County Council’s Dementia Champion for Copeland, said:

“Listening to Ian talk about how he feels and his experiences as a person with dementia had a significant impact on me as a full-time care giver to someone who is in the later stage of Alzheimer’s.

So during this year’s Dementia Action Week let’s all pledge to always LISTEN to the person who has the disease.”


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Cumbria County Council is raising awareness about the support, resources and opportunities available for people living with dementia, or who may be affected by a loved one, relative or friend that has dementia.