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Editor's comment: Honouring our dementia friends

PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 August 2018

The latest figures for people living with dementia in Bexley are just the tip of the iceberg according to council experts. Picture: John Stillwell/PA images

The latest figures for people living with dementia in Bexley are just the tip of the iceberg according to council experts. Picture: John Stillwell/PA images

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Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friends initiative is the biggest ever social action movement aiming to change the way people think, act and talk about dementia.

The Dementia Friendly Awards recognise, celebrate and promote the inspirational achievements of those uniting to making a real difference to people living with dementia. Nominations are now open and will close on Monday, August 20.

We know there are people throughout Havering who are working with those with dementia, caring for them or volunteering with them.

This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate individuals, organisations and communities leading and inspiring a change that will transform the lives of people with dementia forever, challenging misunderstandings, changing attitudes and taking action.

There are a whole range of awards across 10 categories to recognise outstanding work in this area of increasing importance to the whole community, including Inspiring Young Person of the Year, Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year and Dementia Friendly Community of the Year.

Finalists will be invited to a ceremony in London on Thursday, November 22. Wouldn’t it be great if some Havering residents were among them?

For any wonderful person or organisation to win, someone has to take the time to nominate. It’s easy to nominate yourself or someone else, simply visit alzheimers.org.uk/dementiafriendlyawards – don’t let an amazing achievement go unrecognised.

And did you know that your unwanted foreign coins can help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society?

Even pre-Euro currency is accepted. I know I’ve got some old French francs, German marks and Italian lira so I’ll be sorting them out. Old British and Irish money can also help the charity.

To find out more you visit www.alzheimers.org.uk

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