Look back on Dementia Action Week

Picture of Yasman and resident

Last week (21 – 27 May) was Dementia Action week, and CityWest Homes showed support through hosting drop-in sessions across our offices to help residents find out more about Dementia.

Over the course of the week, the team were available to signpost residents to support services within Westminster and register staff as new members of Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends.

Yasman Emami, assistant project manager, said: “It has been very rewarding leading on this project and helping to raise awareness of dementia across the organisation.
“I dealt with a range of enquiries over the week from residents and staff, but perhaps the most difficult came from a resident who thought they had dementia and wanted to know for sure. I referred the resident, who wished to remain anonymous, to their GP.

“Meeting residents and being in a position to help them directly with something so serious has been a real privilege.”

Stephen Ellis, special projects manager and Dementia Friends Champion said: “It’s fair to assume that most people have heard of dementia. My personal experience of dementia has highlighted that there is still an awful lot to do before dementia is generally understood.

“By involving residents in the drop-ins, encouraging staff to become Dementia Friends and ensuring colleagues complete the online training; CityWest Homes have made a difference in Dementia Action Week.”

 “I’m pleased that people are learning more about dementia and are better informed about how to respond to it.”

The team are making great progress in recruiting Dementia Friends and are very close to reaching their milestone of 100 staff signed up as Dementia Friends.  New Dementia workshops are being scheduled for summer 2018 to ensure that staff continue to sign up.

Dementia Action Week was formerly known as Dementia Awareness Week, however  the Alzheimer’s Society are asking that everyone across the UK unite and take positive actions – big or small – to make life better for people affected by dementia, hence the new name Dementia Action Week!