Ilkeston businesses and organisations have come together to make the town a more dementia friendly community.
The launch of the Erewash Dementia Action Alliance took place at the Ilkeston Campus of Derby College during Dementia Awareness Week.
Helen O’Connor, service manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Derbyshire said: “By openly talking about dementia we hope to tackle the many myths and misunderstandings about the condition and get across that life doesn’t end when dementia begins.
“The sooner you face up to dementia by coming to us for information and support, the sooner you can get the right treatment, support and advice to tackle it.”
This year’s Dementia Awareness Week the charity is helping people to face up to dementia and share their worries about the condition which affects 14000 people in Derbyshire.
At the launch Ann Scott from Ilkeston spoke about her experiences of living with dementia.
Christine Faloon from West Hallam, Alzheimer’s Society Volunteer cared for her husband with dementia also shared her experiences.
Maggie Throup, MP for Erewash, was at the launch along with Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Abey Stevenson
Dementia Awareness Week is run by the Alzheimer’s Society charity and research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia.
In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to two million people by 2051.
This year 225,000 people will develop dementia, that works out as one person every three minutes.
For anyone needing help or advice call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or the local office on 01332 208845 or visit alzheimers.org.uk/DAW