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Dementia alliance takes off in Enfield

Published Friday, 17 January 2014

Photo / Media Opportunity 9.30am – 12.30pm, Friday 6 September Community House, 311 Fore Street, Edmonton N9 OPZ Launch of London’s First Dementia Action Alliance in Enfield

Enfield Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA) is a new independent partnership of public, private and voluntary sector organisations working together to help those living with dementia feel organisations and communities can better support them to live with the condition.

Dementia is a term covering a number of conditions which can affect memory, everyday tasks, communication and perception. The most well-known is Alzheimer’s disease.

Cllr Don McGowan, Enfield’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Care & Health, said, “One in three people aged 65+ will develop dementia as they age, and getting a diagnosis can be devastating.

“It is important for families and those diagnosed to get the treatment and the help they need to live as fulfilling a life as possible.

“This is where EDAA can help by bringing together a number of organisations offering support and information.

“We are asking member organisations to identify how they can improve the quality of life for people with dementia or their families by simple improvements to their facilities, products or services for people living with dementia or just to be aware of the condition and its impact.

“These actions may be simple things, like encouraging staff to be more thoughtful in helping older people with shopping and publicising the help that is available.”

All EDAA members will appear on a new website to publicly recognise their commitment, where there will be opportunities to learn more about training, dementia-awareness and the latest information about dementia. Membership is free for all organisations.

Speakers at the launch of EDAA will outline the work of the Alliance and how it will develop.

Cllr McGowan continued, “This is an important partnership which is making a determined effort to raise awareness and recognise the effects of dementia in an ageing society. We need to be prepared as more people are now living into old age and many families will be affected by it. 

“We would like as many different organisations to get involved as possible: for example, solicitors, shop-keepers, cafes, leisure centres, voluntary organisations and schools.”

To join EDAA contact Paul Allen, Commissioning Manager, Enfield Council by emailing

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