Dementia Action Week activities across Chiltern and South Bucks

Dementia Action Week activities across Chiltern and South Bucks

At Chiltern and South Bucks District Councils, we are working with Alzheimer's Society and their Dementia Friends initiative to make our community more dementia-friendly.

During Dementia Action Week, which starts on 20th May, we have organised a range of activities to support people living with dementia and improve awareness and skills amongst staff.

The theme of this year's Dementia Action Week is inclusivity. People living with dementia can often feel excluded from activities they would previously have enjoyed, whether that's due to memory problems and confusion, difficulties with mobility and navigation or because they are worried about what to expect and other people's reactions.

Keeping active can reduce the risk and even slow the progression of dementia, so it's important to make sports accessible for everyone.

At The South Buckinghamshire Golf Course, we are offering free dementia-friendly golf taster sessions and a discounted programme so that people can enjoy the sport in a supportive environment tailored to their needs.

At Chiltern Pools in Amersham, GLL will be holding a dementia-friendly Climb Session from 12pm - 1pm on Tuesday 21st May, which is a great opportunity for people living with dementia and their carers to try out rock climbing.

There will also be a dementia-friendly swim at Chesham Leisure Centre on Friday 24 May from 11.20am - 12pm.

On Tuesday, the Councils' Communities Team will have a stall at Amersham Street Market to offer people advice, information and support with regards to ageing. Our partners Thames Valley Police, Bucks Fire and Rescue, Voices and Choices, Bucks Safeguarding Adults Board, Carers Bucks, Trading Standards and Alzheimer's Society will also be in attendance at the stall to offer their expert support.

During Dementia Action Week we are offering council staff and Members a Dementia Friends session with advice on how best to support people living with dementia.

We'll also be holding a 'Snacks for the Brain' Sale at the council offices to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.

Cllr Liz Walsh, Chiltern District Council Portfolio Holder for Healthy Communities, said: "Many of us will know someone who is affected by dementia at some point in our lives. It's one of the biggest challenges facing society and we all have a part to play in making our community dementia-friendly.

"An important element of this is supporting people living with dementia to become and stay active. Alzheimer's Society found that one of the common problems is that places such as golf clubs and leisure centres aren't accommodating to the additional needs of people with dementia. We are demonstrating through the programme of activities for Dementia Action Week and beyond that with staff training and simple adaptations, solutions can be found. We're also continuing our work training council staff to be dementia-friendly so that we are a truly inclusive local authority serving everyone in our community in the best way possible."

Alzheimer's Society have recently launched their dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide and you can download it for free online.


Notes for editors

The word dementia describes a group of symptoms that may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language, and changes in mood, perception and behaviour.

There are more than 100 known types of dementia; the most common are Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia.