Thursday 7th January 2021

Advice and support for people in the serving RAF community who are caring for family members with dementia is available on a bespoke online hub.

The hub, dementia.rafa.org.uk, was created specifically for people in the serving RAF community who are caring for family members with dementia. It complements the support already provided by the RAF by linking them with other RAF carers and families affected by dementia, providing a vital knowledge hub and steering them towards further resources and support.

The RAF Association teamed up with Alzheimer’s Society and CGI to launch the hub, which is the first phase of its new Navigating Dementia project, in June 2020.

Rory O’Connor, Director of Welfare and Policy at the RAF Association, said:

“There is a wealth of published evidence that suggests serving RAF personnel and their families face challenges in such situations, such as frequent relocation and deployment. Caring for a parent with dementia when not living close to them is an issue that many RAF families face.”

Rory added:

“We knew from our research and pilot projects that members of the serving RAF community wanted to be able to find relevant information in one place and to link with other people in similar circumstances.

“We have therefore created a hub featuring a discussion forum, ‘ask the expert’ webinars, an events calendar and opportunities to plan self-supporting groups and meet-ups. There are also links to resources and information including regional dementia support contacts, and space for people to share their stories and answers to frequently asked questions.

“We aim to strengthen connections to other RAF families with similar experiences, enhance resilience, and improve understanding of how to support someone affected by dementia.”

For more information about the RAF Association, please visit the website.

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