Dementia friendly event at Crawley Library

Dementia father and son

Businesses, charities and groups who support people to live well with dementia will be coming together at an event in Crawley.

A Dementia Friendly Event is being held at Crawley Library on 16 November to show how those with dementia, and their friends and family, can still maintain an active social life and engage with activities.

The event from 6pm to 7pm will be a showcase of some of the work from the Alzheimer’s Society, Crawley Library, Forget Me Not, Crawley Borough Council, Memories Day Care and Metrobus.

Brenda Smith, Chairman of the Crawley County Local Committee, is hosting the event and has direct experience with dementia. She said: “Crawley is an award winning Dementia Friendly Town and I am very keen to show all the ways that those affected by dementia can seek support.

“I cared for my husband with dementia for seven years and we maintained an active and social life. All residents of West Sussex, including those with dementia, should be able to live active, independent lives, free of stigma and isolation.”

An item on dementia will be discussed at the Crawley County Local Committee which will follow this event at 7pm.

The committee will look at the work West Sussex County Council is currently doing for dementia. There will also be a separate item on the agenda looking at celebrating Crawley’s 70th anniversary including some of the exhibitions and events that have taken place.

West Sussex County Council is currently encouraging its entire staff to become a Dementia Friend – someone who has been trained and supported by the Alzheimer’s Society to develop a better understanding of the condition and how they can contribute to creating dementia friendly communities.

To find out more about the Crawley County Local Committee, visit the County Council’s website and search ‘Crawley CLC’.


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