Croydon Dementia Action Alliance (CDAA)
We are an active partnership working to raise awareness about dementia and helping to make Croydon a dementia friendly borough that is inclusive for people living with the condition.
The partnership includes:
- Croydon Council
- Age UK Croydon
- Alzheimer's Society - Croydon & Southwark
- Cranston Ltd
- Croydon Health Services
- Croydon Mencap
- Croydon Voluntary Action
- Fairhand Visiting Physiotherapy
- Home Instead Senior Care
- London Borough of Croydon Fire Brigade
- Met Police Croydon
- Old Coulsdon Medical Practice
- One Croydon Alliance
- Patient Participation Group, Old Coulsdon Medical Practice
- Purley Business Improvement District
- Right at Home Croydon
- The David Lean Cinema
What is dementia?
Dementia is a progressive condition that can lead to memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or communication. In Croydon, more than 3,250 over-65s are living with dementia. It mainly affects those in this older age group, however the onset of the condition can begin much earlier.
Nationally, dementia impacts the health of approximately 850,000 people. The health and social care costs to the economy are estimated at £26.3 billion per year, but unpaid care provided by family and friends can be as much as £11.6 billion annually.
After a diagnosis of dementia: what to expect from health and care services
If you or someone you care for has been diagnosed with dementia you can find out details on what support they should get by visiting GOV.UK.
The information they provide includes:
- What is in a care plan
- How health care and social care services can help
- Support available to family and friends who are carers
- How to take part in research
Dementia Action Week 2018
Events in Croydon – all welcome!
The Alliance has organised numerous community events in Croydon for Dementia Action Week, which runs from Monday 21 to Sunday 27 May 2018. Everyone is welcome to attend and show their support for the thousands of people in the borough living with dementia and their carers.
Throughout the week there will be information sessions to raise awareness of the condition, special films shown at the Museum of Croydon to bring back memories of growing up in the borough, tea dances for people who live dementia and their carers and more!
The grand finale is a swinging 60s event in Surrey Street Market on Friday 25 May, which will include a ‘wall of recall’ display provided by The BAT Foundation, for people to reminisce about the 1960s. There will also be an opportunity to brightly decorate walking aids and zimmer frames on the day
Download the full list of events.
Become a Dementia Friend
We ae encouraging people to join the Dementia Friends initiative and learn more about dementia and the small ways you can help - from telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
Shops, businesses, health and transport services can also make small changes to their layout and décor to welcome people with dementia.
For further information about the work of Croydon Dementia Action Alliance and becoming a Dementia Friend - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Related information from other websites
Visit Croydon's health website for tips and advice on what you can do to look after your mental wellbeing.
Free NHS Health Check
You could be eligible for a free health check if you are aged between 40 and 74. The check-up can detect the early signs of a range of conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and dementia. Getting treatment early can help to better manage these and other conditions. www.croydon.gov.uk/healthsocial/phealth/healthchecks