Janice Nunn from Enfield Dementia Action Alliance on the group’s latest awareness-raising campaign
Enfield Dementia Action Alliance is asking people, groups and organisations across Enfield borough to knit or crochet as many forget-me-not flowers as possible ahead of Dementia Action Week this month.
Organisations including Women’s Institute, Mothers Union and Trefoil Guild have taken part so far, along with the ‘Knit and Natter’ group at North London Hospice. Stitch! in Palmers Green is also running a class to learn to knit or crochet a forget-me-not, while Forty Hall will be running a trail of forget-me-nots around the hall. They will be displayed on post boxes and railings around the borough during Dementia Action Week, which takes place from 16th-22nd May.
The forget-me-not flower represents remembrance and is long associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s Society. To spread awareness of dementia the flowers will be accompanied by five key messages, including “dementia is not a natural part of ageing”.
There are currently around 900,000 people in the UK living with dementia and, while it mainly affects people over 65, it can affect younger people too. This is often called young-onset dementia. Around one in 20 people with dementia are younger than 65. There are more than 42,000 people in the UK under 65 living with dementia.
Enfield Dementia Action Alliance is a group of organisations and individuals from the local community working towards making the borough a dementia friendly community. One of our key goals is for those living and working in Enfield to have a better understanding of dementia and how to support those people who are living with the disease. We do this by raising awareness through events such as yarn bombing but also by providing free ‘dementia friends’ sessions. This session can be arranged in your business, organisation or club, either online or face-to-face.
We would encourage local businesses and organisations in Enfield to take part in your local Dementia Action Alliance and work towards making Enfield dementia friendly.