Send us your pictures, video, news and views by texting NORTHERN ECHO to 80360 or email us
Newton Aycliffe dementia champions are on a mission
TWO caring residents are on a mission to quash myths and combat social isolation after becoming two of the first Dementia Friends Champions in their community.
The role will see Dorothy Bowman, 76, and Jane Johnson, 47, from Newton Aycliffe, give up their time to inform and educate groups and individuals of all ages about the illness, which can affect memory, attention, language and problem solving ability.
Both women are already actively involved in supporting older people in Newton Aycliffe and have undertaken training with the Alzheimer’s Society – the national charity that set up the initiative.
Ms Bowman, a former Durham county councillor, said: “I think there is a lack of awareness about dementia and we want to change that.
“People often think people with dementia are a bit daft and forgetful and don’t realise they are ill. There is a person there and with the right care and support they can lead happy lives.”
Ms Bowman also runs a club for older people called New Friends New Places, which meets at the Navy Club every Tuesday between 2pm and 4pm and provides a welcoming place for pensioners to socialise.
She is also encouraging people to knit shawls for older people and has launched a scheme called Caring Friends, which will utilise the community minibus for group shopping trips.
To contact Ms Bowman and Mr Johnson to arrange a talk call 01325-308094 or 07967-901477.
To find out how to become a Dementia Friends Champion contact Chris Colley, Alzheimer's Society volunteering officer, on 0191-389-0400
Comments are closed on this article.