‘Living Well’ with dementia is the message in events and activities taking place across Kent during this Dementia Awareness Week.
It is estimated that more than 20,000 people in Kent have dementia although only around 11,000 have a formal diagnosis.
Due to the work by KCC, the NHS, and all the partners in the Kent Dementia Action Alliance, diagnosis rates across the county are improving.
This week we hope to raise awareness about seeking a diagnosis as well as providing information for partners, carers and family members.
Graham Gibbens, KCC cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “Dementia doesn’t discriminate and most of us will be touched by it in some way during our lifetimes so it is vital that we raise awareness about this condition and help reduce the stigma and fears that surround it.
“In Kent, we are supporting many innovative projects across generations, such as Dementia Friends sessions, Dementia Friendly Communities, Dementia-Friendly Homes, sensory gardens, the 24-hr helpline and intergenerational work with schools, as well as work with care homes and businesses, which we hope will bring people living with dementia into the community, giving them the support and understanding they need to lead happy and fulfilled lives.”
This Dementia Awareness Week, events are going on across the county.
To find out what events are taking place near you or for more information about the support available in Kent, visit www.dementiafriendlykent.org.uk.