Dementia Awareness 
Dementia is a word used to describe a group of symptoms including memory loss, confusion, mood changes and difficulty carrying out day-to-day tasks. It is not a natural part of ageing and knows no boundaries. 
The Friends’ of Cobbs Garden Surgery set up the Olney Dementia Project with funding from a local businessman and his wife to establish a Dementia Friendly Community in Olney. To publicise what we are trying to achieve we are holding an Open Day on Saturday the 8th March from 11am to 3pm at the Olney Centre. Please come along and meet both national and local organisations who work with and on behalf of people living with dementia. This event has been sponsored by the Newport Pagnell and Olney Lions. 
Why should you be interested in what is happening locally to support people living with dementia in Olney? 
We all know someone with dementia. 
There are over 800,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2021. 
One in three people over 65 will develop dementia. 
There are over 17,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK. 
Dementia costs the UK over £23 billion a year. 
In a national survey carried out by the Alzheimer’s Society 67% of people with dementia said they do not always feel part of the community. 
Visit the displays at the Olney Centre and have a chat over a cup of tea or coffee on the 8th March. We look forward to seeing you. 
Joy Oehlman 
Dementia Project Worker 
Olney Dementia Awareness
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