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Dementia Action Week 16-22 May

Led by the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Action Week sees the public come together to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

Wrexham Council has successfully maintained the status of ‘working towards being a dementia-friendly authority’ for the third consecutive year running as confirmed by the Alzheimer’s Society.

As well as the continued support from the adult social care department, there are also dedicated Dementia Friends Champions within the authority who deliver awareness sessions to other members of staff to work towards Wrexham becoming a dementia-friendly authority.

Family carers and professional carers were affected greatly by the pandemic and a report found that between March and June 2020, a quarter of people in the UK who died from Covid-19 had dementia.

It was during these challenging times that the council provided as much support as possible to those individuals and their families who are affected by dementia.

Continuing to push forward

With the status maintained for the third year, the council continues to keep the standards high and to keep improving life for those living with dementia.

Upon hearing the news of this achievement, Alwyn Jones, Chief Officer for Social Care said, “It is fantastic to hear that Wrexham Council has maintained its status of working towards being a dementia-friendly authority.

“There are so many of our staff that work so tirelessly to provide support to those living with dementia and their families, and receiving this accolade reflects this.

“National research has shown that the Covid-19 pandemic had a negative impact on the mental health of those affected by dementia. Their feelings of isolation increased and a marked decline in physical wellbeing and their cognitive abilities was noted.

“So it was more important than ever to maintain our high standards of support and to make sure that support is always there for those in our community with dementia and their families”.