Dementia doesn’t discriminate and could affect us all. People with dementia often feel – and are – misunderstood, marginalised and isolated.
To tackle this Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends is the biggest ever initiative to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about dementia.
Being a Dementia Friend is easy to do and could make a really big difference to those around us living with dementia.
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a Dementia Friends training session at work and became a fully-fledged Dementia Friend with a special badge and everything.
Today, September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day so I thought it prudent to explain why I think becoming a Dementia Friend is important.
What is a Dementia Friend?
A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend.
This can be as simple a telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia – every action counts.
What action can you take?
Small actions can really make all the difference.
Try being patient in a shop queue if you’re behind someone who is struggling, or spend time with someone you know who’s living with dementia.
Where can I get more information?
Dementia Friends Information Sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society.
Each Information Session lasts around one hour.
You’ll learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities. There are information sessions running across England and Wales and you can find one near you here.
Or you can watch the online video featuring Alex, Teresa and Emma who are all living with dementia and learn more about what it’s like to live with the condition.
Once you have watched the video you can sign up for your ‘Little Book of Friendship’, a resource pack which contains more information and tips on how you can support those living with dementia to feel a part of our communities.
Together we can make a difference to those living with dementia.