Dementia Friendly Guernsey is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people affected by the condition and their carers.
What is Dementia Friendly Guernsey?
Dementia Friendly Guernsey has been set up by members of the local community with the aim of improving the lives of people living with dementia and their carers.
It is a member of the Dementia Action Alliance and is here to support the community to become more dementia friendly.
Why does Guernsey need to become more dementia friendly?
It is estimated that about 1,200 people are living with some form of dementia in Guernsey and around two-thirds of these are living at home.
Many people with dementia and their carers are still not living well with the condition and their quality of life remains extremely varied.
People sometimes feel anxious or depressed and do not feel a part of the community. Many also feel they lost friends after being diagnosed.
How does dementia affect people in the community?
The term ‘dementia’ is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions. There are over 100 different types of dementia. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Many people have a combination of both which is known as mixed dementia.
Dementia is not a natural part of the ageing process. It mainly affects people over the age of 65 but it affects younger people as well. All dementias are progressive which means that the symptoms will gradually get worse.
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Dementia Friendly Guernsey badge scheme
The Dementia Friendly Guernsey badge scheme aims to raise awareness and support of people living with dementia.
How can Dementia Friendly Guernsey help you?
There are a range of support services in Guernsey for dementia suffers and their relatives, below is a list of those available.