Warwickshire’s dementia friends challenge continues as the Alzheimer’s Society announces achievement of two million dementia friends

As the Alzheimer’s Society announces it has achieved two million dementia friends across the UK, Warwickshire County Council and its partners are asking Warwickshire’s residents and workforce to help achieve Warwickshire’s own target: to create 30,000 dementia friends across the county by the end of 2019.

There are currently estimated to be approximately 7,500 people in Warwickshire living with dementia, and this is likely to rise to over 11,000 people in the next ten years. The fact is that most people will be affected in some way by dementia during their lifetime.

Dementia Friends is an initiative led by the Alzheimer’s Society based on the principle that people with dementia can live well with a little help from other people. Becoming a dementia friend is about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things that can help people living with the condition. You don’t need to already know someone with dementia to become a dementia friend. Dementia Friend

Anybody can become a dementia friend by…

1. Attending an hour-long dementia friends information session. Everyone who attends a session and wants to become a dementia friend will get a badge and information card. You can book a place by visiting the Dementia Friends website www.dementiafriends.org.uk and searching for a session in the local area.

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2. Watching a short video on the Dementia Friends website www.dementiafriends.org.uk and leaving your details on the site so you can be sent your dementia friends badge and Little Book of Friendship through the post.

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3. Voluntary groups or teams in organisations may want to hold a group dementia friends information session (lasting up to one hour), perhaps as part of their regular meeting. Information sessions are also ideal for schools or colleges to help to create a dementia-friendly generation of young people. All resources are provided and sessions are delivered free of charge. If you would like to find out more about this, please email: Keeley.Waldron@alzheimers.org.uk

Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health, says: “The creation of two million dementia friends across the country by the Alzheimer’s Society is a wonderful achievement. Now we look to Warwickshire and our own mission to support the creation of 30,000 Dementia Friends across our county.

“I would urge everyone to attend one of the face-to-face sessions if they can, where they will gain a broader understanding of the issues associated with dementia and discover the small things they can do to make a big difference to people living with the condition. If you can’t attend a face-to-face session, you can still get involved and help us towards our target by visiting the Dementia Friends website and becoming a dementia friend.”

Anyone wishing to become a dementia friend can visit: www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Further details about dementia, services and support available in Warwickshire or the dementia friends initiative, please visit: Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/dementia

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