Why YOU should sign up to be a Dementia Friend
One in every thirty people in England, Northern Ireland and Wales are involved in the biggest ever social action movement to change perceptions of dementia. Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative was launched in 2013 to tackle the stigma that often results in people with dementia losing friends and becoming socially isolated.
It's highly likely that you know of someone who is living with dementia. Dementia is caused by a number of diseases that affect the brain. The most common is Alzheimer's, but diseases also include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and Pick's disease.
Different types of dementia affect the brain at different rates and in different ways, but other things like someone's personal circumstances, the people around them and the environment in which they live, will affect their experience of dementia. Dementia progresses in a way that is unique to each individual.
The word 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia, they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.
What is a Dementia Friend?
Whether you attend a face-to-face Information 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.
Why should you sign up to become a Dementia Friend?
Michelle Gorringe, Newcross Managing Director said,
“Dementia Friends is a fantastic initiative, raising awareness of the effect that dementia can have on a person's life.
"By encouraging all of our staff members to sign up to become dementia friendly, we hope that we can help to build a more compassionate community so that those with dementia feel supported and confident to live happy, independent lives, where possible.”
Not signed up yet? In England and Wales visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk to watch a short online video or arrange to attend an information session.