On Friday, June 20th 2014, from 10.30am to 12.30pm the Brecon Guildhall will host a public event to celebrate the launch of the Brecon Dementia Friendly Community.
Dementia Friendly Communities is an Alzheimer’s Society supported national initiative and Brecon is one of the first places in Wales to pilot it.
"Nearly all of us have some experience of dementia in our families and circle of friends, yet the stigma of dementia remains", said Rhiannon Davies, the Chair of the Brecon Dementia Friendly Community group.
"About 2,500 people in Powys are living with dementia and this number will only increase in the coming years.
"Over two-thirds of these people are living in the community.
"We can all help people with dementia and their carers to be part of the community, not apart from it", Rhiannon continued.
"Most say they want to keep going out and use local shops, services and our wealth of leisure, cultural and spiritual resources. But people with dementia lose confidence in themselves and worry about how they will manage the day-to-day things that you and I take for granted.
"Communities can unintentionally create barriers for people with dementia and their carers, and a dementia friendly community can help take these barriers down", added Rhiannon.
The event next Friday is being supported and sponsored by Brecon Town Council. Everyone is welcome.