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Arriva and dementia action alliance unite against dementia

01 September 17

A Medway bus company and a dementia action alliance are uniting against dementia to offer a wealth of information about the condition and the support available locally, as they tour Medway.

Arriva and Medway Dementia Action Alliance tour of the area will be on Thursday 12 October and is open to anyone. On board the Arriva bus will be Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support Workers, Admiral nurses as well as other advisor to offer support and information to anyone affected by dementia.

The aim of the Dementia Action Alliance is to help create a community where people with dementia feel confident, understood and supported to live well.

The tour comes after an Alzheimer’s Society report found that less than half of people living with dementia feel a part of the community (47%) and nearly three quarters (73%) of UK adults surveyed do not think society is geared up to deal with dementia.

Lorraine Brown, chairperson of Medway Dementia Action Alliance, said: “This will be a really exciting tour for us. We’re looking forward to meeting people in the local area. We’re very thankful that Arriva have offered to support our work. I feel passionately about making Medway more dementia friendly so people with dementia, like me, feel more supported and part of their community.”

Nick Elsden, from Arriva, said: “Working towards a society and local community where everyone feels safe and included is something we feel passionate about at Arriva. Our drivers are out in our communities on a daily basis and we are delighted to support Medway Dementia Action Alliance in this fantastic initiative.”

Jane Page, Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Action Alliance Co-ordinator for Medway, said: “People with dementia have a lot to offer and it’s vital they should still be able to enjoy our town, to get out and about and live well. Many people with dementia report feeling trapped in their own homes and let down by their communities, with one in three only getting out once a week and one in 10 only manage this once a month. This is simply unacceptable.

“The Medway Dementia Action Alliance aims to address the isolation that many people living with dementia can feel and we are delighted that so many organisations have committed to helping people in the community to live well with dementia. Dementia is everyone’s business.”

The bus will stop in the following places throughout the day:

  • 9.30 - 10.30am Outside entrance of Dockside Chatham Shopping Centre
  • 11am - noon Opposite Carers First, Commerical Road Car Park, opposite Michael Gill building, Tolgate Lane, Strood
  • 1 - 2pm Outside Chattenden Community Centre
  • 2.30 - 3.30pm Car Park between Hoo Library and the Church on Church Street

To find out more about the tour call Jane Page on 07718 322191 or email [email protected]