Scores attend dementia alliance launch

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 December 2013

The coin cards have been placed in North Somerset shops

The coin cards have been placed in North Somerset shops

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MORE than 170 people attended an event in Clevedon to launch Dementia Action Alliances in North Somerset.

Organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, the gathering was held to highlight the importance of communities being dementia friendly to stop the elderly feeling isolated or lonely.

Alliances have been set up in Clevedon, Portishead and Worle, where local groups, businesses and residents will work together to identify ways of making it easier for those with dementia to remain independent.

Many people with dementia suffer from loneliness and isolation as a result of struggling with day-to-day tasks such as shopping and handling money.

One initiative unveiled at the launch was the creation of coin recognition cards which have been given out to North Somerset shops to help those with dementia recognise how much each coin is worth. These charts were inspired by Portbury resident Betty Cridland, who developed her own after being diagnosed with dementia.

For more details about Dementia Action Alliances email north.somerset@alzheimers.org.uk or call 01934 514977.

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