A group of 16 local people, including shop owners, a local Reverend and businesses in Timperley Village became ‘Dementia Friends’ recently. Home Instead Senior Care ran this free 1 hr session as part of a campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around the condition.
Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition. The charity wants there to be a four million Dementia Friends with the know-how to help people with dementia feel understood and included in their community.
There are currently 850,000 people living with the condition in England.
Home Instead Senior Care specialise in the non-medical care of older age adults in their own homes and have an excellent reputation for caring for clients with dementia. Speaking about the Session, Alan Savage, Managing Director at Home Instead Altrincham, said:
‘I was so pleased to see so many people showing their support for people with dementia, by coming along to the Session and becoming Dementia Friends. We need to create more communities and businesses that are dementia friendly so that people affected by dementia feel understood and included.’
Charlotte Adams, Dementia Friends Regional Support Officer at Alzheimer’s Society said:
‘Whether you attend a face-to-face 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.’
Anyone interested in supporting the campaign should go to dementiafriends.org.uk.
Anyone wanting more information about Home Instead Senior Care should call Sarah Maunder on 0161 8701136