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ANEWCASTLE solicitor is the latest in a growing number of volunteers participating in an imitative that improves peoples understanding of dementia and highlights the important role communities can play in helping sufferers. Rebecca Harbron-Gray, head of wealth management at Gordon Brown law firm, has become a Dementia Friends Champion. Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer's Society initiative.

The scheme, funded by the Government, aims to improve people's understanding of dementia and its effects by working with volunteers and organisations.

Rebecca said: "A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community.

"We do this by talking about the personal impact of dementia and giving out information on how people can help.

"It's a fantastic idea and it will make a real difference to the lives of people with dementia. Getting the message out there that dementia is a condition, not just part of the ageing process, is so important.

"If we are to achieve this, it's vital to involve younger generations with dementia support and equip them with the skills and information to support people in the future."

Dementia Friends is aiming to recruit one million Dementia Friends by 2015 so that people living with dementia can feel included in their communities. Rebecca is a qualified Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) and is one of the region's few Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).

WHAT IS DEMENTIA? | The term 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms which include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and damage caused by a series of small strokes. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse. Each person is unique and will experience dementia in their own way. Symptoms of dementia may include the following: | Loss of memory -this particular-|ly affects short-term memory, for example forgetting what happened earlier in the day, not being able to recall conversations, being repetitive or forgetting the way home from the shops. Long-term memory is usually still quite good.

Mood changes -- people with |dementia may be withdrawn, sad, frightened or angry about what is happening to them.

Communication problems -|including problems finding the right words for things, for example describing the function of an item instead of naming it.

In the later stages of dementia, the person affected will have problems carrying out everyday tasks and will become increasingly dependent on other people.

| Rebecca can be contacted on |0191 389 5116 to provide talks and presentations to other interested organisations, companies and people.


Rebecca Harbron-Gray, head of wealth management at Gordon >Brown Law Firm, has become a Dementia Friends Champion
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 6, 2013
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