Let's make Westminster a Dementia Friendly borough
In coming decades, rates of dementia will rise sharply, as the boomer generation ages and partly because we are living longer than ever. By 2030, 75.6 million people globally will have the disease. In London, it is currently 80 000 people who have dementia, most of them live in the community.
In response, the local Westminster Dementia Action Alliance with the support of Westminster council is on a mission to create communities that better help people with dementia go about their daily lives.
This includes engaging local businesses whose customers may have or be caring for people with dementia. Small changes include training employees to recognise and support people with cognitive decline, allowing them to help those struggling to pay or find what they need, for example.
Councillors Christabel Flight and Jacqui Wilkinson joined Terezie Wickenden, Westminster Dementia Advisor and Fred Mairet, from Home Instead Senior Care for a ‘High Street Blitz’ that took place on busy Warwick way in Pimlico, where 90 percent of businesses have signed up in support of the campaign.
Thank you all for the wonderful response and support. Following this big success, we all decided to do it again next month in another part of Westminster.