'Dementia Friendly - Wrexham Diocese'
The Diocese of Wrexham has been awarded recognition of 'Working towards being a Dementia Friendly Organisation'.
On the following pages, you will find information about what this means and what we are doing to work towards becoming a Dementia Friendly organisation.
‘A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported and confident they can contribute to community life.’
What is Dementia?
Dementia is caused by a number of diseases that affect the brain. The most common is Alzheimer's but diseases also include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and Pick's disease. Different types of dementia affect the brain at different rates and in different ways, but other things like someone's personal circumstances, the people around them and the environment in which they live, will affect their experience of dementia. Dementia progresses in a way that is unique to each individual.
It is true that more people over 65 have dementia but it is not exclusively an older person's disease; younger people get dementia too.
Five things you need to know about dementia:
Dementia is not a natural part of the ageing process.
It is not just about losing your memory.
It's possible to live well with it.
There is more to the person than the dementia.