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Dementia in the News

  • June 2019 ASDA Charlton Dementia Inclusive Hour Every Monday from 3rd June ASDA Charlton will be having their Dementia Friendly hour between 11 and 12. This means that the radio will be turned down to a quiet level and no tannoy announcements will be put out. All of ASDA's colleagues are aware of this and will always be happy to help should you require any assistance during your visit. For more information please call Caroline at ASDA on 0208 858 3313.
  • May 2019  Dementia Action Day  To mark National Dementia Action week 2019 we are holding an event at the National Maritime Museum on 9th May.
  • August 2018 Dementia Inclusive Greenwich - the borough has been awarded dementia friendly communities status from Dementia Friends (an Alzheimer's Society Intiative). This is in recognition of the work to make Greenwich a dementia inclusive borough to live, learn, work and visit. Click on the following link for further information: Dementia Inclusive Greenwich.


  • 21st - 25th May 2018 National Dementia Action week. To mark National Dementia Action week we hosted an interactive event at the Woolwich Centre Library during which Councillor Lekau awarded eight local businesses the Dementia Inclusive window sticker, part of the Dementia Inclusive Greenwich initiative. The businesses are:

    • ArtFix Café Powis Street Woolwich
    • St James Pharmacy Powis Street Woolwich
    • Stir Café Angelsea Road Woolwich
    • Woolwich Centre Library
    • Grant Saw Solicitor
    • Advocacy for Older People in Greenwich
    • Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park
    • Page and Small Opticians

  • The window sticker indicates that these businesses have an understanding of  Dementia and adapt their services, as much as possible, to the needs of people with dementia and their family carers. Many more businesses in Greenwich are working towards gaining the status. (for further information click on Dementia - Information for Organisations and Businesses)
  • Dementia Friendly Greenwich Launched  at the  Forever Young Festival. We are pleased to announce that our Dementia Friendly Greenwich initiative has been officially launched.  It's a great start to the initiative - over 200 people attended with speakers from our Dementia Reference Group including Marcelline Russell and Dave Sharman  sharing their first hand experiences. (click on the link to read the speech attached).  They spoke about what a Dementia Friendly Greenwich should look and feel like. It’s about people having some awareness of what a diagnosis of dementia really means, that it’s not just about having a poor memory, and that anyone can have dementia; and this knowledge in turn, hopefully, leading to some understanding of what would make Greenwich not just a friendly place to live but a dementia friendly place to live. A place where a person with dementia, their friends and family feel understood, safe and supported.
  • We want to thank the businesses and services which contributed to launching the initiative and provided raffle prizes including: The Stables, Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park The Gatehouse, ArtFix Café Woolwich, St James Pharmacy Woolwich, Charlton Athletic and Greenwich Picturehouse.
  • To find out more and/or become part of Dementia Friendly Greenwich contact Angelika Welzel-Connolly 020 8921 8533 or
  • To mark International Alzheimer’s month Tracey Shorthouse has kindly allowed us to publish one her poems. Tracey is a former nurse who has been diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease and Posterior Cortical Atrophy in December 2015. Tracey wrote her first poetry book, I Am Still Me, which was published this year. The poem can be found in the downloads section.
  • A link to  an interview with Arthur Mars, a member of our dementia reference group, in the ‘Living with dementia’ magazine. Arthur shares his experiences of being diagnosed with young onset dementia and life with dementia:

Take a stand - A man with dementia who is having his say

  • BBC News item:

BBC News: Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk, study says.

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