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Friends session aims to raise awareness of dementia
1:00pm Sunday 8th September 2013 in News
STAFF at NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are gearing up to become part of a dementia friendly community.
The Dementia Friends awareness session, delivered by the Alzheimer’s Society, aims to give people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do that can make a difference to people living with dementia.
Attendees are then asked to pledge what they will do to make situations better for people living with dementia.
Jo Hawkins, locality manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Cheshire, said: “A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported and confident they can contribute to community life.
“It is great to have the CCG on board and a lot of good work has been started in Cheshire, particular in Knutsford and Alsager, where focus groups have been set up to see how the areas can become a dementia-friendly community.”
The Alzheimer’s Society is now calling for more organisations and communities to take action to become a dementia friendly community following its report launch yesterday, September 3.
The report ‘Building Dementia Friendly Communities: A priority for everyone’ reveals less than half of people living with dementia feel a part of the community (47 per cent) and nearly three quarters (73 per cent) of UK adults surveyed in a YouGov poll do not think society is geared up to deal with dementia.
If you would like more information on Dementia Friendly Communities visit alzheimers.org.uk/dementiafriendlycommunities.
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