Livability creates new resources to help churches become dementia friendly
To coincide with National Dementia Awareness week (18 to 25 May 2014), Livability’s Community Engagement Team have developed a new set of resources to help churches become dementia friendly.
Developed by Dr Trevor Adams – a specialist in dementia care with over 30 years’ experience, the five part series of downloadable information sheets covers a range of areas including:
- Dementia Friendly Buildings – how churches can make the environment more dementia friendly.
- Dementia Friendly Communities-how the church can reach out to those that have dementia and their carers in the local community and become inclusive and accessible places.
- Dementia Friendly Worship – how to make your church service more friendly for those with dementia and their carers.
- Dementia Friendly Communications-how to communicate with people who have dementia.
- Dementia Friendly Prayer – how to pray with and encourage your congregation to pray with those who have dementia and their carers
Click here and scroll down to find the information sheets.
This comes as the Alzheimer’s Society and the Government recently re-launched an initiative to recruit 1 million dementia friends by 2015 as part of the Prime Minister David Cameron’s Dementia Challenge.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society – there are currently 800,000 people in the UK with dementia- this is set to increase to 1 million by 2020.
Speaking on the importance of churches tackling this issue, Dr Trevor Adams said: “Churches are often an important part of a local community and have a lot to contribute to the development of dementia friendly communities. These information sheets will hopefully help churches begin to make this possible.”
To find out how your church can become dementia friendly- including bespoke training and to download the free resources visit: http://www.abilitysunday.org.uk/church/dementia-friendly-churches/