Building a Dementia Friendly Generation: Thanet’s Youth Unite for Dementia Action Week

Chartwell House by Boutique Care Homes, a leading provider of specialised dementia care in Thanet, took an active role in raising awareness and understanding of dementia by hosting two Dementia Friends Information Sessions during Dementia Action Week.

The sessions, held at Cliftonville Primary School in Margate and Broadstairs College in Broadstairs, successfully engaged approximately 40 students and teachers across both sessions, enlightening them on the impact of dementia and how they can make a difference in their communities.

The Dementia Friends Information Sessions were led by Dementia Friends Ambassador, Carl Roberts, who shared his expertise and personal experiences in the field. Through interactive discussions and engaging activities, attendees gained valuable insights into dementia, its effects on individuals, and practical ways to support those living with the condition.

Reflecting on the significance of these sessions, Carl Roberts emphasised, “Increasing awareness and understanding of dementia is crucial to building a more inclusive and compassionate society. By empowering young people with knowledge and empathy, we can create a supportive environment for individuals living with dementia and their families. These sessions provide a solid foundation for cultivating a dementia-friendly generation.”

Jude Coveney, Admissions Manager at Chartwell House, expressed pride in supporting this important initiative, stating, “We are proud to be at the forefront of raising awareness about dementia and its impact on individuals. Engaging young people in these sessions is vital as they are the future advocates and caregivers. It is essential for them to understand dementia, challenge stigmas, and embrace empathy and compassion.”

Dementia Friends is a global initiative led by the Alzheimer’s Society, aimed at changing perceptions and attitudes towards dementia. The program offers practical information and resources to help individuals understand dementia and support those living with the condition. By becoming a Dementia Friend, participants pledge to take action, no matter how big or small, to create dementia-friendly communities.

Chartwell House by Boutique Care Homes is a leading provider of specialised residential & dementia care services. Committed to providing exceptional care in a comfortable and nurturing environment, Chartwell House ensures the highest standards of support for individuals living with dementia. With a family-centred approach and a team of dedicated professionals, Chartwell House focuses on enhancing the quality of life for residents while supporting their unique needs.