The Andover Dementia Action Group (AnDAG) is a group of organisations and individuals who are committed to raising awareness of dementia and will be supporting Dementia Awareness Week, 15 – 21 May. This year the aim is to encourage people who are worried about dementia to confront their worries by addressing dementia directly and getting help and support because life doesn’t end when dementia begins.
In 2015 Andover was awarded Dementia Friendly Town as a large number of shops, businesses and services have committed to training their staff and making their premises and service as dementia friendly as possible.
AnDAG is part of Dementia Friendly Hampshire which is a charitable organisation and has recently been pleased to receive a donation of £250 from Simplyhealth towards its work to keep the profile of living well with dementia high.
Sarah Ford, spokesperson for Simplyhealth comments: “We’re committed to helping people with their everyday health and we’re pleased to offer our support to Andover Dementia Awareness Group. To help raise awareness of dementia, we recently held a number of Dementia Friends Information Sessions for our people across our office locations run by one of our own volunteer employees, Sarah Warwick.”
If you would like to understand more about the condition and become a Dementia Friend, two awareness sessions are to be run which are free and open to anyone to attend. Thursday 19th May 1.30-2.30 and Monday 23rd May 7.30-8.30 both at Picket Twenty Community Centre, Picket Twenty Way, Andover SP11 6TY. More information can be found on www.dementiafriends.org.uk
For more information on AnDAG or the aims of the Dementia Friendly Community project, please contact dementia advice Andover mind, 01264 332297