Aimed at raising awareness of Dementia in Hertsmere and improving the lives of those faced with a diagnosis, the Hertsmere Dementia Friendly Communities (HDFC) has relaunched.
Previously known as the Hertsmere Dementia Action Alliance, HDFC has relaunched during Dementia Action Week (16-23 May). Due to a sustained drop in dementia diagnosis rates for the first time ever, Dementia Action Week’s theme is ‘diagnosis’ and statistics show Herts Valleys diagnosis rates are 60.4%, which is 6.3% below the national target, suggesting the region is following this trend.
It is thought that misconceptions around symptoms may be leading people to go undiagnosed and missing out on guidance and support.
Councillor Meenal Sachdev, our Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure, Health and Wellbeing, said: “The relaunch of the Hertsmere Dementia Friendly Communities is such an important step in making sure those living with dementia are supported in our borough.
“A diagnosis as early as possible gives a chance to ensure care is in place such as support groups or medications to help manage symptoms.”
As part of the relaunch, Dementia Friends awareness sessions will be rolled out, and dementia friendly measures will be implemented across the borough.
Meetings will be chaired by Communities 1st, with members of the group including Carers in Herts, Citizens Advice, East of England Ambulance Service, Healthwatch Herts, Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council, Hertswise, Representatives of the Potters Bar PPGs, Age UK Herts, and ourselves.
Find out more about Dementia Action Week at Dementia Action Week | Alzheimer's Society (alzheimers.org.uk)
Posted on Wednesday 18th May 2022