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  • Bristol Dementia Action Alliance's 5th Birthday

    With an estimated 850,000 people living with Dementia in the UK - a number predicted to rise substantially over the coming years, BDAA's work is vitally important. It is part of an "Alliance" of similar groups throughout the UK, working towards enabling their communities to become more Dementia aware. 

    Actor Joe Sims urged the crowd to: 'Get involved and read the literature. For me I don't know anybody in Bristol or somewhere in the world that doesn't have somebody in their life who's not been touched by Dementia. For us to be a more Dementia friendly city, a more Dementia aware city is important, and it starts today. Pick up a brochure, go online and look at the website. It will get so much better when we have that sense of civic responsibility and community spirit." 

    Joe Sims opens Bristol DAA party

    Celebrations continued with Tina Blackwill-Smith performing her pom-pom dance to the delight of the crowd. There was fun and laughter as everyone joined in with their pom-poms and danced to the music.

    The BBC were also there filming Tina for part of a BBC documentary which focuses on her work with older people in care homes across the region. Tina delighted large crowds on the day with her enthusiastic and fun performance. Happy Birthday was also sung on the presentation of the birthday cake and the candle blown out by our 105-year-old Myra who attends Happy Days Memory Cafe.

    It was an action-packed day with further music, singing and even chair/standing Zumba.

    Several local organisations including Wessex Water were there to talk about Dementia and the services/help they provide: Alive, Wiltshire Farm Foods, Home Instead, Dementia Wellbeing Service/Alzheimer's Society, Methodist Homes Association, HIT/ARUK, BRACE and Bristol Older Peoples Forum. 

    Bristol DAA party

    Chair Tony Hall who set up the charity 5 years ago, said: "We had a wonderful time celebrating with old and new friends. We are a small local charity with a huge aim - to make Bristol THE Dementia Friendly City of the UK. Today, we showed people that we can make a difference! We would love to hear from anyone would like to volunteer and help us".

    If you would like to know more about Bristol Dementia Alliance, then please contact
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    Bristol Dementia Action Alliance's 5th Birthday"