Making every church in Cumbria dementia-friendly by 2020
What is a dementia friendly church?
Dementia is one of today's major social and medical challenges of our day. There are over 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, and almost 8,000 in Cumbria. CTiC has considered the part the churches should play and has declared the aim of 'making every church in Cumbria dementia-friendly by 2020'.
'Dementia-friendly' means that the church is welcoming and inclusive towards people with dementia and those who care for them, and that they are valued members of the congregation who are encouraged to stay involved in church activity as long as possible.
Action at local level is key to the success of this initiative and churches are being asked to find a volunteer 'Dementia Enabler' in their congregation. The challenge of Enablers is to ensure that their church is dementia-friendly in its 'welcome, worship and environment'.
For more information on the initiative is being led by a Dementia Reference Group. It is chaired by CTiC's Dementia Coordinator, David Richardson. For more information contact David by email.
Introduction to Becoming a Dementia Enabler
We think that a Dementia Enabler:
As part of Churches Together in Cumbria's project 'Making every church in Cumbria dementia-friendly by 2020', we are holding a series of half-day events at five locations around the county on Saturday mornings 9.30am-1pm in March:
The programme will include a Dementia Friends session, a presentation on the role of a Dementia Enabler, and an opportunity for discussion and questions.
It will include a Dementia Friends session, a presentation on the role of the Dementia Enabler and opportunity for discussion and questions.
Secondly, we are holding a one-day workshop, as follow-up to the March events.
This will be held at Penrith Methodist Church on Saturday June 10th, and is for everyone who attends in March.
For more information, you can email David Richardson or phone at 07917 6682535. To book a place email Margaret Irving or phone at 07540 920829. Please specify the name of the church and which event you would like to attend.
What does ‘dementia-friendly in terms of welcome, worship & environment’ mean?
These points may be summarised as ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘where’
How: how do we communicate with people with dementia and their carers; how do we make people welcome?
What: what steps can we take to help people with dementia take part in worship? What might dementia-friendly worship entail?
Where: what can we do (within the constraints of a given place of worship) to ensure that it is accessible for people with dementia and that issues such as safety, signage, use of space and lighting are addressed?
10 things you need to know about the impact of dementia
on people, carers and the economy
People with dementia have a lower self-reported quality of life
this gets progressively worse as the severity of the condition develops.
700,000 informal carers in the UK caring for a loved one with dementia
this is expected to rise to 1.7 million by 2050.
Women are more than two-and-a-half times more likely
than men to provide intensive, 24-hr care for people with dementia.
20% of women carers
have gone from working full time to part time.
By 2017 it is predicted
there will not be enough informal carers to look after older people requiring care.
Dementia costs the UK economy over £24 billion a year,
this is a combination of health and care costs and the vast contribution made by informal carers.
62% of female carers
say the experience is emotionally stressful.
£28,500 a year.
Cost of caring for each person with dementia.
By 2025 it is expected dementia will cost the UK economy £32.5 billion
and by 2050 it could be costing the UK economy £59.4 billion at today’s prices.
$818 billion each year
Globally the cost of dementia.