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Alzheimer’s UK and Dementia Friends


Club members receive a certificate to recognise they have received the Dementia Friends training


At their September meeting, Harrogate and District Soroptimists welcomed Alison Wrigglesworth, Services Manager for the Alzheimer’s Society, for Ripon, Harrogate & Craven,York and Selby.

Alison explained that alzheimers disease is the most common cause of dementia. She then guided us through a few practical tasks, which really got us thinking about what it means to be a person living with the disease.

She told us about some of the services which are run locally including Singing for the Brain and Dementia Cafes, which provide people with dementia and carers a platform to talk openly about living with dementia, in a relaxed and informal environment.

Alison explained that she is a Champion of Dementia Friends, which is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative, working to change the way that people think, act and talk about dementia.

In thanking Alison for her talk, President Nicola said ‘You have really raised our level of understanding of how we can support the Alzheimer’s Society and how, as a Dementia Friend, we can all decide to take some action to help someone or help to raise awareness in our community’.

President Nicola will be taking part in the Memory Walk in Thirsk  –  Find out more about the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walks here

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Harrogate & District Soroptimists: Val Hills, Sue Slocombe, President Nicola Harding, Heather Shipman, Janet Hutton, Judith Webb

With Alison Wrigglesworth, Alzheimer’s Society