16th May, 2021

Could you be a dementia friend?

DEMENTIA friends are needed in Warwickshire.

Dementia Friends is a national scheme led by the Alzheimer’s Society based on findings that people with dementia can live well with a little help from other people especially when they have an understanding of the condition.

Warwickshire County Council has partnered up to create their Living Well with Dementia Strategy to encourage county residents

to sign up.

The council hope to encourage 16,500 more people to pledge their support to people with dementia, taking the number of Dementia Friends across the county to 30,000.

According to latest estimates, there are currently 7,500 people living with dementia across the Warwickshire, and the number is set to rise to over 11,000 people over the next ten years.

Dementia Friend and county council spokeswoman Monica Fogarty said: “The creation of almost 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.”

Visit dementiafriends.org.uk to watch a short video and find information on becoming a Dementia Friend.

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