Open forum in Shoreham on dementia

AN open forum is being held in Shoreham today in a bid to make the town more dementia friendly.

The Alzheimer’s Society will be hosting the Dementia Open Forum at Shoreham Library, from 2pm to 4pm.

The care and research charity said the aim was to help identify the priorities for the estimated 14,038 people living with dementia in West Sussex.

The forum was the starting block to creating a Dementia Action Alliance, which could see its members take actions to improve their services for people with dementia.

Jacquie Pond, the alliance co-ordinator, said: “We want to encourage all communities to become dementia friendly.

“It is not just about the services and support available to those with dementia, but also increasing understanding of what people with dementia and their carers need.

“It is also a chance for businesses, shops, emergency services and doctors – to name a few – can help make their services more dementia friendly.

“Dementia Action Alliances aim to bring about a society-wide response to dementia and encourage communities and organisations across England to take action to enable people to live well with dementia and reduce the risk of costly crisis intervention.”

Call Jacquie Pond on 07714916291 or email for more information or to join the discussion.

The society also offers a national dementia telephone helpline, on 0300 2221122.