BHW is pleased to announce that Head of Estate Planning, Jayne Parsons, has successfully completed her training to become a Dementia Friends Champion.

Dementia Friends' information sessions are run by Dementia Friends Champions on a voluntary basis to help you understand what it's like to live with dementia and the actions you can take to help people with dementia to maintain their quality of life. 

People with dementia often need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community. Dementia Friends is giving people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do to make a difference to people living with dementia.

Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative being funded by the Government. It aims to create a network of a million Dementia Friends across England by 2015 who will help their communities to become more aware of dementia.

Dementia is caused by a number of diseases that affect the brain. The most common is Alzheimer's but diseases also include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and Pick's disease.

Different types of dementia affect the brain at different rates and in different ways, but other things like someone's personal circumstances, the people around them and the environment in which they live, will affect their experience of dementia. Dementia progresses in a way that is unique to each individual.

While it is true that more people over 65 have dementia but it is not exclusively an older person's disease – younger people get dementia too.  

Jayne will be posting details of where you can attend an information session in the Loughborough/Leicester area.  If you are a member of a local group and would like Jayne to come to one of your meetings, please contact her on 0116 281 6238.

More information about Dementia can be found at and

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