This year there will be 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and over 21 million people know someone affected by the condition. All too often people with dementia experience loneliness and social exclusion. By mobilising society together we can make sure that people living with dementia are understood, included and feel a part of their communities.
What is the Dementia Friends initiative?
Dementia Friends is a social action movement run by Alzheimer’s Society that aims to give people an understanding of dementia, and the small things we can all do that could make a difference to people living with dementia in our communities.
Dementia Friends and your business
You are one of the many thousands of people in the UK who provide a service. Some of your customers will be people with dementia and many others may go on to develop dementia in the future and want to continue using your business. Having a basic understanding of what dementia is and some of the small things you can do to help those affected by dementia to live well can make a huge difference to their experience as your customers.
You can make a difference
Become a Dementia Friend! This is someone who has attended an Information Session and has committed to an action that will make the lives of people living with dementia a little better. Every action counts - from taking a bit more time when serving someone to spreading the word about dementia. Dementia costs UK business £1.6 billion per year and 89% of employers believe that dementia will become a bigger issue for their organisation and their staff.
What is involved in the Information Session?
The Information Session is a face-to-face Session that lasts 45-60 minutes and is run by a Dementia Friends Champion, which anyone can attend to learn a little more about dementia. It covers the five key messages everyone should know about dementia through activities and discussion, but it is not training. Anyone who attends is asked to commit to a dementiafriendly action and is able to become a Dementia Friend.
Light refreshments will be served.