Thought leaders mark Dementia Awareness Week

April Dobson

Older people’s housing and care charity Abbeyfield is bringing together thought leaders from the dementia sector to help raise awareness of the condition.

To mark Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from May 14-20, Abbeyfield will be streaming on its website a series of moving, insightful and inspiring films, broadcasts and presentations.

The Great Minds series will feature some of the nation’s leading dementia care professionals and people living with the condition.

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They will speak candidly about the effects the brain disease can have upon an individual and their family and friends, and champion the need for better public understanding and engagement.

April Dobson, Abbeyfield’s Head of Dementia Innovation (pictured), said the series will help those with dementia and their carers live well now, as well as inform ways in which people with dementia can be supported in the future.

She said: “Abbeyfield is absolutely committed to enhancing the quality of life for older people and making their lives easier and more fulfilled and we have a moral sense and obligation to make a difference to those living with dementia.

“We are passionate about helping to spread the word about innovation in dementia care and to inspire and encourage people – whether they are professionals, carers or volunteers – set new standards in the care and wellbeing of those living with dementia.

“The Great Minds series will be a fantastic opportunity to hear directly from people who are at the cutting edge of influencing and shaping the way people with dementia can be better understood.”

Great Minds will stream on from May 14 – 20. Visit the website for updates about the series and on Twitter @TheAbbeyfield and Facebook @AbbeyfieldSociety

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