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Dementia-friendly church service celebrates 1st birthday

The service takes place at the town's Parish Church Credit: ITV Border

A church service set up especially for people with dementia is celebrating its first birthday.

The Kendal Tea Service takes place at the town's Parish Church and lasts 20 minutes. The group sing hymns, listen to readings - including poems about dementia - and say prayers.

Churches Together in Cumbria is now aiming to make every church in the county dementia friendly by 2020.

'Memory walk' held in Carlisle

CUFC captain Danny Grainger starts memory walk Credit: ITV Border

A hundred people have taken part in Carlisle's 'memory walk' in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

Dementia patients and their relatives walked either a one mile course or a three mile course from Bitz Park.

It is one of a number of Memory Walks across the UK that are being held.

Walking, exercising and being physically healthy are considered to be important for those who might have dementia.

It's also hoped the walk has raised thousands of pounds for the Alzheimers Society in Cumbria.


WATCH: Dementia hub in Kendal to support carers

Charities, professionals and care workers have come together to tackle dementia in the south of Cumbria.

An ageing population means the problems is particularly acute in the area.

Organisations based in and around Kendal have now created a Dementia Hub. They meet once a month, giving carers access to services, information and support under one roof.

Watch our reporter, Fiona Marley Patterson's report:

Dementia training for police in Dumfries and Galloway

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Police in Dumfries & Galloway have been training in how to deal with people with dementia, after a significant number of officers admitted feeling ill-equipped.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway teamed up with Police Scotland to trial a session with 18 members of staff.

It explored some practical challenges older people and people living with dementia may face, such as arthritis and visual changes related to ageing, and their effects on the mind and body.

It is estimated that there could be as many as 90,000 people in Scotland living with dementia and increasingly our officers are coming into contact with people living with and affected by dementia.

– Detective Inspector Robin Ferguson
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