Dementia-friendly town bid action group plans

Keighley News: Seniors’ champion, Councillor Doreen Lee, left, joins the Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia-friendly communities co-ordinator, Cathy Henwood, at Central Hall in Keighley Seniors’ champion, Councillor Doreen Lee, left, joins the Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia-friendly communities co-ordinator, Cathy Henwood, at Central Hall in Keighley

An action group is being formed as part of a campaign to make Keighley a ‘dementia-friendly’ town.

The move was agreed during a hugely successful event held at Central Hall in Alice Street, Keighley, to kick-start the initiative.

Representatives of businesses, community groups and churches were among those who attended, along with councillors, carers and residents.

“Only 20 people had booked to go along, so we were a bit concerned, but in the end we had more than 80,” said Cathy Henwood, the dementia-friendly communities co-ordinator for the Alzheimer’s Society in Bradford.

“We were really pleased with the turnout, particularly at this time of year when people’s thoughts are on Christmas.

“There was lots of energy in the room and people were wanting to be involved. Many ideas have been generated, and we will look at all those.

“The Airedale Shopping Centre was also keen to get on board and help raise awareness of dementia among the public and businesses. It was all very encouraging.”

She added: “If we can raise a bit of understanding about dementia and create a town where anyone who feels confused knows they will be given respect and support, it will help people live independently for as long as possible.”

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