New service to help dementia sufferers get Out and About

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A new service aimed at tackling isolation and loneliness felt by some people with dementia will be launched in the New Year, thanks to the Alzheimer’s Society.

85 per cent of people with dementia say that they struggle with isolation, loneliness and depression.

Based in Aylesbury, the pilot service, called Out and About, will see a team of three volunteers working with three people with dementia. They will visit coffee shops and cafes every Tuesday morning throughout the town in a bid to help them continue to feel part of their community.

Other venues will be identified as the service takes off and those taking advantage of the scheme will be able to decide from week to week where they would like to visit. The service has been launched with funding from the Buckinghamshire Community Foundation.

Laura Levac, befriending manager for the Alzheimer’s Society in Buckinghamshire, said: “Life doesn’t stop when a person is diagnosed with dementia. People often still want to go out and about in their local area but they might need some extra support to do this. Our new and exciting pilot service will offer the perfect opportunity for volunteers to help people with dementia to continue to feel a part of their community and also to meet with other people with the same condition.

“There are more than 8,900 people living with dementia in Buckinghamshire. With the right support, people with the condition can live well and can still continue to do the things so many of us love, such as meeting friends for a coffee or having a bite to eat.”

To find out more about accessing or volunteering for the Out and About befriending service contact Laura Levac on 01297 331722 or email laura.levac@alzheimers.org.uk

For information on other services in the area visit alzheimers.org.uk/localinformation or contact the local office on 01296 719856.