We are working towards making Prestatyn a Dementia Friendly community.
Everyone in Prestatyn, from banks and supermarkets to the local corner shop and hairdresser. Share responsibility for ensuring that people with dementia feel understood. Valued and able to contribute to their community.
Weekly dementia drop in sessions are held at the Old Library on Nant Hall road Prestatyn LL19 9LH from 2pm to 4pm every Friday.
Prestatyn Town Council also facilitate Mind Music at Alive Church each Wednesday morning from 10am.
Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society.
Each Information Session lasts around one hour. You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities.
Why are dementia friendly communities important?
Dementia friendly communities are vital in helping people live well with dementia and remain a part of their community.
Too many people affected by dementia feel society fails to understand the condition they live with. Its impact or how to interact with them. That’s why people with dementia sometimes feel they need to withdraw from their community as the condition progresses.
In fact, over a third of people with dementia told us that they have felt lonely recently. More than a quarter of carers we surveyed said they felt ‘cut off from society’ too.
This isn’t okay. People affected by dementia still have an incredible amount to offer to their community. If appropriately supported, they can continue to play an active and valuable role even years after diagnosis.
What is the Dementia Friendly Communities Recognition Process?
The recognition process enables communities to be publicly recognised for their work towards becoming dementia-friendly. The process asks communities to commit to delivering change and is structured around 2 key documents:
- The BSI Code of Practise for dementia friendly communities and also,
- The foundation criteria for dementia-friendly communities
The BSI Code of Practice for Dementia Friendly Communities (available to download here): The PAS1365 document is a code of practice which provides more detailed guidance and structure for communities around what ‘dementia-friendly’ looks like.
Also what the key areas for action are in working to achieve a dementia-friendly community, including:
- arts, culture, leisure, and recreation.
- businesses and shops.
- children, young people and students.
- community, voluntary, faith groups and organizations.
- emergency services.
- health and social care.
The seven foundation criteria help a community to understand the way that their Dementia Friendly Community. Should be structured and outlines the need for establishing a group. Identifying a leader and involving people affected by dementia.