Bodicote aims to be a dementia friendly village - says new group

Bodicote Dementia Group. From the left, Annette MacLaren, founder member, David MacLaren, secretary and Ann Parsons, chairman. NNL-150206-114847009
Bodicote Dementia Group. From the left, Annette MacLaren, founder member, David MacLaren, secretary and Ann Parsons, chairman. NNL-150206-114847009

Bodicote is hoping to become a dementia-friendly village, starting with a monthly group for those with dementia and their carers.

The Bodicote Friday Group was established by a small band of residents concerned that communities should be aware of the special needs of dementia sufferers.

Chairman Ann Parsons said: “The idea first came from my neighbour Annette MacLaren who read a leaflet on dementia at church.

“A group of us started meeting six months ago to support efforts around the country to promote dementia friendly communities and educate people about what it is and how people with dementia should be treated.

“We have been steered in the right direction by the local council and Age UK who have put us in touch with the right people. And we have had visits from various experts who have come to explain dementia, how to understand it, recognise it and the difference between that and just ‘getting older’.”

The Bodicote Friday Group held the first of its monthly meetings for those with dementia and carers at Church House.

Eight guests enjoyed a singalong with guitarist and vocalist Jamie Wilkinson at the first meeting.

Tomorrow (Friday) there will be table games, tea and biscuits and a chance to chat between 2.30pm and 4pm.

Mrs Parsons said learning how to understand dementia is very important as it explains actions and reactions that might otherwise seem unreasonable. The group hopes those who gain understanding will wear a recognisable ‘dementia friend’ badge in the village. Contact 01295 267477.