More than 40 people attended a workshop aimed at helping those affected by dementia.
Residents and borough councillors were invited to join a national initiative to make Crawley a ‘Dementia Friendly Town’ in Crawley Civic Hall on Wednesday (March 12).
Those who attended the information session were asked to become ‘Dementia Friends’, a pledge to do more to support people affected by the condition.
Dr Laura Hill, Dementia Friendly Town project leader at NHS Crawley Clinical Commissiong Group, said: “Making Crawley a Dementia Friendly Town can be as simple as improving awareness so that if someone living with dementia needs support or just simple understanding while out shopping, they will have it.
“We want to create a town where people with dementia can be supported to stay well and live independently, where their everyday lives are made easy and they can continue to play an active and pivotal role in the life of the town.”
One in three people aged more than 65 go on to develop dementia in the UK.
The diagnosis of dementia is rising faster in West Sussex compared to the national average because of the county’s high proportion of older residents.
For more information visit http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/