The Wells Journal is proud to back a ground-breaking campaign to make Wells a Dementia Friendly City
1st November 2016
Today the Wells Journal is proud to back a ground-breaking campaign to make Wells a Dementia Friendly City.
This growing problem is of particular concern in Wells because our population is older than the average and because many of the tourists who are essential to the local economy are also elderly.
There is a lack of understanding about dementia in our city which results in too many of those living with this incurable disease suffering prejudice, impatience and lack of sympathy. This causes those with dementia to withdraw into isolation and further reduces their quality of life.
The campaign is being launched by Arnold Wills of Pilgrim Financial Planning in Sadler Street, Wells after dementia hit his family.
"Before my mother Sybil went into a care home she became very anxious and troubled,” said Mr Wills.
“In fact she was developing vascular dementia. She thought her post and money were being stolen and that her house was being broken into.
“During this time the people of Wells were fantastic, the postman kept me updated about my mother’s letters of complaint, the locksmith phoned me when she asked for the locks to be changed, the post office counter staff were totally patient as were so many other retailers.
“This got me thinking that perhaps we could do more to help less fortunate dementia sufferers in our community."
Dementia can affect every family but our campaign will:
1. Raise awareness of dementia throughout Wells to ensure we are inclusive of people with dementia and their carers to help improve their ability to remain independent and maintain choice and control over their lives.
2. Listen to those living with dementia and carers in Wells and surrounding villages and seek to improve the environment to remove barriers and minimise difficulties faced.
3. Support and encourage businesses and organisations in Wells to learn what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action and a commitment to bring about change.
4. Organise a public meeting in Wells with a well-known speaker who has had family experience of dementia to increase understanding and awareness.
5. Set up how singing classes, nostalgia sessions, memory cafes and art classes in Wells for people with dementia and their carers.
6. Have Wells classified as a Dementia Friendly City by the Alzheimer’s Society before the end of this year.