TDC’s Dementia Friendly Toolkit for Community Groups
We have developed a Dementia Friendly Toolkit with community groups and organisations. The Guide was developed by talking to people with dementia and memory loss and their carers and organisations. We asked them “What would a dementia friendly community look like?” Based on their ideas, we worked with community groups to develop a draft toolkit which they piloted. We used their recommendations and case studies in the Guide.
This Guide is relevant to all of us. Your community, someone you know or some of you, are likely to face the challenges of dementia and memory loss.
There are around 800,000 men and women in the UK with dementia. It mainly affects people over the age of 65. One in 14 people in this age group have dementia. It is likely that this figure has been underestimated, as many do not have a diagnosis. The real number may be up to three times higher. (Alzheimer’s Society Fact Sheet).
How others respond to the person with dementia, and how supportive or enabling the person’s surroundings are, greatly affect how well someone can live with dementia.
The TDC Dementia Friendly toolkit was originally published in 2014, and updated in 2016 when we also published our Dementia Resources Booklet. View and download them here:
This project was funded by Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group.