Added on: 22nd May, 2017 by O1
As part of Dementia Awareness Week 2017, Orpington businesses, the high street police team, councillors, carers, health and public service workers all came together in a show of support to raise awareness and experience for themselves the challenges faced by those who live with dementia.
Organised by Orpington 1st and the Bromley Dementia Support Hub, 30 invited guests had a powerful, interactive experience of what it can be like to have dementia.
Based on 17 years of research, people who took part in the training had their sight, hearing, touch and mobility temporarily impaired to simulate what it may be like for people with dementia to do everyday tasks.
Jeremy Wilson, a partner at CWJ Solicitors, said, "We are very grateful for being invited to experience the dementia bus. Personally, I learnt a huge amount which we will use to make our clients with dementia more comfortable when they visit our office."
On the same day, the ODEON Orpington ran a Dementia Friendly Screening of the film, Mamma Mia. The first such screening at an ODEON in the country.
Manager, Stephen Snell, who also took part in the virtual dementia experience, said, “It is very important to me and my team that we understand how dementia affects people and what the ODEON in Orpington can do to help people with dementia and their carers to enjoy movies and create new experiences and memories together.”
Tesco, Orpington also hosted an information day with stalls highlighting the support and services available to Dementia sufferers and families.
Sharon Baldwin, Executive Director of Orpington 1st BID said,
“Orpington has one the largest concentrations of older residents in the borough who are those most likely to be affected by dementia. With this in mind, it is important for Orpington businesses to be aware of the needs of this customer group and understand how best to meet those needs with the products and services that they provide.
We were delighted with the commitment that has already been shown and look forward to supporting businesses in making Orpington the first dementia friendly high street in the borough."
Both The Walnuts Leisure Centre and The Sanctuary Cafe already have Dementia Friendly trained staff.
Orpington 1st and the Bromley Dementia Support Hub would like to thank all those businesses involved on the day: CWJ Solicitors, Tesco, Thomas Dunton, VTB Mobility, ODEON Orpington, Walnuts Shopping Centre, Orpington Library, Roman.