When I initially heard about Dementia Friends I instantly wanted to become involved and learn more. Dementia causes mood changes, memory loss and problems with reasoning and communicating with others. By 2025, there will be 1 million people with dementia in the UK (Alzheimer’s Society). It is also important to remember that there are around 40,000 younger people with dementia in the UK (Alzheimer’s Society). These statistics confirm how crucial it is that as a society we develop a better understanding of the condition.
“Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition.
Whether you attend a face-to-face session or watch the online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.” Dementia Friends
I am pleased to say that I have (finally) become a Dementia Friend. I know it’s easy to put this kind of thing off and forget about it, but you can click the link and do it right now, the whole process will take 15 minutes max and that must be more productive than scrolling through Twitter for an hour… right?
Programmes like these contribute towards becoming an inclusive, accommodating and dementia friendly society and I don’t know about you, but I think that that is pretty great.
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