What Is It?
The Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) is a movement with one simple aim: to bring about a society-wide response to dementia. It encourages and supports communities and organisations across England to take practical actions to enable people to live well with dementia, and reduce the risk of costly crisis intervention.
There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. This condition costs the UK economy £26.3 billion a year, and is life changing to those living with it, and those who care for them.
How Does It Work In Essex?
The Pan Essex DAA was established in May 2015, and brings together key stakeholders across the county, to transform the lives of people living with dementia. Members of the group include organisations across the commercial, public, private, health and social care sectors.
Despite being a pan-Essex model, the intention is to support district councils, local towns and communities to develop smaller DAA groups which will involve membership from stakeholders important to each particular community.
Wednesday 20 January 2016 is Dementia Day, the launch event for the DAA. Events will take place across Essex in libraries, care homes, shopping centres, hospitals, and high streets to raise awareness of dementia, its impact, and what can be done to support those with dementia, and those who care for them. It will also promote the commitment to build and develop a dementia friendly network across the county, which is where people across Essex get together to work to reduce the stigma surrounding the condition, and to support people with dementia to live, work and play in their local community much more easily.
Where Can I Find Out More?
There is a central DAA site where all activity for the Dementia Day is listed, from Clacton to Harlow, and Chelmsford to Southend.
If you want to be more involved and become part of a local dementia friendly community please contact Rebecca Jarvis.