Dementia awareness highlighted in Belper

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An information session that helps people understand more about dementia visited Belper last week as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

A Dementia Friends Information Session took place at Strutt’s Community Centre last Thursday.

It was run by The Alzheimer’s Society, which is commissioned by the NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Derbyshire County Council to provide services in the county.

It supported the Dementia Friends campaign to help people develop an understanding of dementia and turn it into action to help people in their community living with the disease.

Over a third of people aged over 65 will develop dementia and an estimated 21m people in England have a close friend or family with the condition.

Staff at the CCG, which is based in Derby, took part in sessions to find out more about the impact of dementia and support services available in the area, as part of the awareness week.

People can become a dementia friend by watching a special video online and entering their details to receive a free information pack which is full of helpful tips and ideas.

Full details are available on the website, by visiting