THE whole community needs to come together and understand what dementia is all about.
That’s the call from Gosport Mayor Keith Farr, who has backed The News Take Care Together campaign.
The campaign’s aims are to raise the awareness of dementia, to increase the number of dementia friends and ensure no carer or patient feels alone with the disease.
Cllr Farr went to a dementia friends session, organised by Lions member Pat Nixon, of Fareham.
Cllr Farr said: ‘I back The News campaign 100 per cent.
‘We need to get people talking about dementia and be aware of it. That’s everyone, from families to shopkeepers and neighbours.
‘The session I attended was very good and I learnt a lot.’
Mrs Nixon spoke at a meeting of the Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent Lions Club.
Lion David Andrews, 63, of Edgecombe Crescent, attended the session.
He said: ‘Pat told us about how her husband was diagnosed with dementia and how they have dealt with it together. She made it clear you don’t need to suffer with dementia and let it change your life, just make a few changes and it can help you.’
Mrs Nixon gave an oversight of some of the challenges that both people who live with dementia and their families are faced with, what dementia is and how you feel after a diagnosis.
Mr Andrews added: ‘It was great to extend our knowledge and be able to help more people. We all learnt from it.
‘As a Lions club, we aim to volunteer and offer as much as we can.
‘We always want to get out into the community and help so this just gives us greater ability to assist with anyone who needs us.’
More dementia sessions are being planned.
‘In the future we want to extend our invitations further,’ added Mr Andrews.
‘We want to invite bigger shops and companies, and Scouts and Guides groups, to ensure Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent leads the way on dementia in all its various forms.
‘We want to make our town less intimidating for those who are living with this condition.’