Sign up to be a dementia friend

Published on: Wednesday, 07-May-2014

Knowsley Council is supporting the Dementia Friends campaign, launched by Public Health England and the Alzheimer’s Society, today (7 May).

The campaign aims to support people with dementia to continue to live safe, dignified and as far as possible, fulfilling lives.

Dementia is one of the biggest health and care challenges of our time. Around 1,500 people in Knowsley have dementia, and nationally, 670,000 have dementia – this number is set to double in the next 30 years.

The campaign will help to create a greater understanding of dementia within our communities and the small things that can be done to make a real difference to people living with the condition. In addition, it will support friendships through the course of dementia.

Could you help to support the campaign and sign up to be a dementia friend?  The ambition is to create a network of one million Dementia Friends by 2015.  It would simply mean understanding what dementia is and sharing the small things you can do to help people with dementia live well.

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley, said “You may live with someone or know someone who has dementia.  It is only by understanding the issues that people living with dementia face can we fully appreciate the challenges they have to overcome on a daily basis.”

“Through this campaign and by signing up to be a Dementia Friend, you are playing a crucial role in helping us take one step closer to creating a dementia-friendly society.”

For further information on the campaign and how to become a Dementia Friend, please visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk