In response to an increasing number of people in Essex living with dementia, Essex County Council commissioned specialist charity, Dementia Adventure, to produce a series of short films to support the thousands of family carers in the county.
The four positive and practical films have been released today, 5 August 2019, forming the first part of a three-stage campaign, entitled ‘Thinking Differently About Dementia: Support for Family Carers’.
Dementia in Essex
Based on national indicators, it is estimated that over 23,000 have dementia in Essex, affecting at least the same number of family carers. Research conducted by Essex County Council revealed more resources are needed to help family carers access personalised support and cope with the emotional pressures they face as well as improve communication with loved ones and enable them to maintain capabilities, interests and relationships.
Having provided nationwide support to those with dementia and their carers since 2009, Chelmsford-based Dementia Adventure proposed the campaign to offer an online and offline solution. The short films have been produced by, and feature, experts dedicated to supporting people with dementia, providing the much-needed support to family carers, who often take on the role in an unpaid capacity.
Covering topics such as:
- The benefits of positive risk-taking
- The dos and don’ts for better communication
- The importance of getting outdoors
The films ultimately aim to help people live better with dementia. Free access is available to those with an Essex postcode by visiting Dementia Adventure’s website; www.dementiaadventure.co.uk, or the Council’s Living Well Essex website; www.livingwellessex.org.
Coming soon, the second stage of the ‘Thinking Differently About Dementia: Support for Family Carers’ campaign will consist of a series of scheduled live online family carer webinars, hosted by Dementia Adventure, to offer a more tailored, one-to-one experience for carers and their families. This will be followed by ‘offline’ support, with the launch of family carer workshops held at various venues in Essex, forming the final stage of the campaign.