Dementia awareness sessions help inform more than 2,000 people across Honiton about the illness

PUBLISHED: 17:30 08 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:19 10 October 2018

Heather Penwarden. Photo: Callum Lawton

Heather Penwarden. Photo: Callum Lawton

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More than 2,000 people have learnt more about living with dementia through informative sessions put on by Honiton Dementia Action Alliance (DAA).

Heather Penwarden. Photo: Callum LawtonHeather Penwarden. Photo: Callum Lawton

The organisation is a group of individuals and organisations that strive to help people and families living with dementia feel safe and accepted in the community. To date, Honiton DAA has worked with 46 organisations and businesses across the community to help them become more dementia aware.

Heather Penwarden, chair of Honiton DAA, said: “Over recent years, 2107 individuals have attended a Dementia Friends awareness session.

“These sessions are informal and informative and can be adapted to suit the needs of particular organisations if required. Anyone can attend one of these Dementia Friends sessions where you will hear about such things as five ways you can support a family living with dementia.”

Advice Honiton DAA is giving includes:

• Treat the person with dignity and respect – just because someone has dementia they are still the same unique person they have always been.

• Keep in touch and show you care – doing little things can help a lot such as writing a letter, making a phone call, going together for a short walk or going out for coffee

• Communicate clearly and warmly and listen well – thoughts and feelings can be expressed in more ways that just words

• Support the family – remember that dementia does not just affect the individual, it touches the whole family

• Find out more about dementia – the more you learn about dementia the more confident you will become to support friends and families or customers living with dementia.

Heather added: “If you want to join in one of our free Dementia Friends Awareness sessions, the next one will be this Saturday (October 13), from 10.30am to 12pm at The Beehive.

All are welcome and attendance at this session will allow for a reduced price ticket for “Finding Joy” at 7.30pm on the same day.

“This is an amazing production by the acclaimed Vamos Theatre Company telling the story of an unfolding relationship between a teenager and his grandmother Joy who has dementia.

For more, call Heather on 07966135442 or email info@honitondaa.org.uk

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