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The Story of the Purple Angel - Norman McNamara's Journey

purple-angelThe Purple Angel was born on 12th January 2012. It was formed as a steering group to try and make Torbay the first Dementia Friendly resort in the country.

Norman McNamara a resident of Torbay, Devon, UK was diagnosed with dementia at only 50 years of age. Whilst out shopping one day he was rudely spoken to by a shopkeeper and decided to change the way people see dementia and treat others.

Norman McNamara a resident of Torbay, Devon, UK was diagnosed with dementia at only 50 years of age. Whilst out shopping one day he was rudely spoken to by a shopkeeper and decided to change the way people see dementia and treat others.

DEMENTIA AWARENESS DAY 2016

Our 2016 Dementia Awareness Day falls on 17th September, 2016. Please join in by holding an event to fundraise for dementia - this can be held at any time of the year towards the big day on 17th! Hold an event such as a Tea Dance; Cake Sale or Coffee Morning and join in the fun!

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Tawardshe National Dementia Care Awards is an annual event organised by The Journal of Dementia Care, a multidisciplinary journal for all professional staff working with people with dementia, in hospitals, nursing and residential care homes, day units and the community.

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PRESS RELEASE

A person living with dementia has won the Exceptional Contribution by a Person Living with Dementia category in the National Dementia Care Awards 2014

Norrms McNamara is a Dementia Mentor at Purple Angel.

He was won the Exceptional Contribution by a Person Living with Dementia Award.

Norrms McNamara said: "Winning this was not for me, but for all those who came before me and come after me with this awful disease of dementia."

Winners of the National Dementia Care Awards were presented with their trophies by Paul Sinha at the high profile Gala Night held on Tuesday 11th November at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel in Brighton, attended by 620 guests.

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Eight years ago Norman McNamara, who lives in Torquay, was diagnosed with Dementia. Still in his 50s Norrms decided he couldn’t just sit there and do nothing.

Eight years on, Normans’ quest to create more Dementia friendly communities is well under way. His Purple Angel campaign has literally gone global – with more than 450 Ambassadors helping to spread awareness across the UK and now the World.

This very real life story, without dramatisation nor fiction, is to be told in an upcoming documentary. The project’s producer feels that “the work of the Purple Angels and Norman McNamara, deserves to be told”.

Laurence Kelly is keen to “show the variety of the work these volunteers engage in - running memory cafes, dementia drop in centres and making those in their area dementia aware plus so much more.”

Find out how you can support this project by following the Kickstarter link:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1653078426/the-story-of-the-purple-angel-norman-mcnamaras-jou

“We’re making this independently” says Director Will Thomas Freeman “your support will help us tell an inspiring story and showcase the incredible work of this man and all the good his organisation has done for others. We want to bring the topic of dementia to the main stage.”

You can receive rewards for your pledges on Kickstarter, "the more funds we raise, allows us to film more content, more people, more stories." says Freeman " please help us to achieve this."

Norman McNamara has achieved so much, along with his army of volunteers, that fitting everything in is one of the biggest challenges! “It may turn into a series” jokes Kelly “as The Purple Angel is showing no signs of slowing down!”

Dementia: Severe emotional and mental disruption and deterioration; symptoms of crippling diseases of the brain, progressive meaning that it will lead to death.

Both in the elderly and young onset can be difficult for families to come to terms with. As brain neurons die, mental processes are altered, causing a person to lose cherished life memories, have subtle or severe personality changes, disorientation and a reduced ability to make reasoned judgments affecting day to day function.

Dementia does not “come out of the blue" but has early stages, mid stages and late stages, we have to concentrate on recognizing those "Early stages".

It is estimated that there are over 44 million people living with dementia around the world.

Purple Angel upholds the principle that people with dementia have an absolute right to enjoy a good quality of life and continued involvement in their local community so far as they are able and willing to do so. The depth and strength of that principle is the driving force behind the continued efforts to address negative attitudes and ultimately reverse them, raising awareness and understanding of the impact the disease has on individuals and their families.

Our hope is that by spreading awareness we can give comfort, put an end to stigma and work together globally for a cure.

Although most dementias will progress to end life we can all live well given sufficient understanding and knowledge about the diseases.