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Community is dementia friendly

Elaine Hirst, Lona Smith and Sue Bibby pictured at The Mayor's Glitter Ball held at Mytton Fold Hotel in Langho. G251111/2d

Elaine Hirst, Lona Smith and Sue Bibby pictured at The Mayor's Glitter Ball held at Mytton Fold Hotel in Langho. G251111/2d

The Ribble Valley has been hailed as a dementia-friendly community and centre of excellence in dementia awareness.

A network of ‘dementia friends’ has been established throughout the borough and council staff are to receive training in dementia awareness.

Older people’s champion Sue Bibby of the Ribble Valley Borough Council and Irene Chenery, of Chenery Maher Solicitors, will launch an identity capsule scheme at the solicitors’ office on Church Street, Clitheroe, on May 20 for sufferers of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease at the start of Dementia Awareness Week next week.

The capsules will include crucial information on the bearer, including contact details for carers or next of kin in a bid to keep sufferers of the disease safer in the are.

The capsules were funded by Ribble Valley Borough Council and Chenery Maher Solicitors, which specialises in law for the elderly.

Local businesses have also given their backing to the campaign and services including the police, health service, businesses, shops, banks, cafes and libraries are all involved.

Dementia Awareness Week runs from April 18 to 24 and will see awareness and fundraising events taking place across the UK.

For more information visit /www.dementiauk.org or call 0845 257 9406 for help.

 

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