During his Premiership David Cameron set out what the government wants to see in place by 2020 in order for England to be the best country in the world for dementia care and support and for people with dementia, their carers and families to live. Cities, towns and villages where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported, and confident they can contribute to community life. In a dementia-friendly community people will be aware of and understand dementia, and people with dementia will feel included and involved, and have choice and control over their day-to-day lives.
The Alzheimer’s Society, have set up a process for individuals to become Dementia Friends. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
To become a Dementia Friend you can either
attend a Friends Information Session lasting around one hour. You will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities. There are information sessions running across England and Wales. Search for your nearest Information Session on the Alzheimer’s Society website.
or you can also become a Dementia Friend by watching an online video where you will meet Alex, Teresa and Emma who are all living with dementia and learn more about what it is 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 we can support those living with dementia to feel a part of our communities.