Becoming a dementia-friendly Church

Dementia awareness conference at LACE

As part of Dementia Awareness Week, 15–21 May, the Archdiocese of Liverpool is organising a day conference at LACE on Tuesday 17 May from 10am to 4pm. The event will feature Professor Emeritus June Andrews, former director of the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University and author of 'Dementia: The One-Stop Guide'.
 
In a recent article entitled 'Comfort that cannot be measured', Professor Andrews (pictured) wrote that for Christians with dementia, the sense of the sacred often remains part of their lives even when other memories have faded, so parish communities are a vital part of the support they need. There is a great deal we can do to enable our parish communities to become more dementia-friendly and more supportive to people living with dementia and their carers.
 
At the conference Gina Shaw, poster girl for the Dementia Friends campaign and a member of the Archdiocesan dementia working group, will share her own experience of living well with dementia. Moreover there will be discussion about the practical things that can be done so that parishes and chaplaincy settings are increasingly dementia-friendly.
 
There is no charge for the conference and lunch will be provided. However, early booking is recommended as places are limited for this unique opportunity for everyone who encounters people living with dementia and their carers.
 
One way to make parishes more dementia-friendly is to raise awareness among parishioners by hosting a Dementia Friends information session. This takes less than an hour and is designed by the Alzheimer's Society to convey key messages about dementia.
 
To book a place on the conference or to arrange a Dementia Friends session for your parish, group or organisation, contact Maureen Knight at the pastoral formation department. Email m.knight@rcaol.co.uk or call 0151 522 1046.