MP hopes to help end the stigma around Dementia
MP James Heappey has taken a step towards helping end the stigma
surrounding dementia by becoming a 'Dementia Friend'.
Friends was launched in February 2013 by the Alzheimer's Society
and is an initiative that aims to help people understand what
it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding
Heappey and his office colleagues took part in a number of exercises
aimed at helping participants understand the effect of dementia
on people's everyday lives.
MP said afterwards: "I've signed up to show my support for
Dementia Friends, and am encouraging people to do the same too.
With a growing number of people living with dementia, it's more
important than ever we all have a better understanding of the
Friends is about giving people an understanding of dementia and
the small things they can do that can make a difference to people
living with dementia. From helping someone find the right bus
to spreading the word about dementia, it can help make our local
community a better place to live."
Peremiquel, Dementia Friends Champion, said: "Less than half
of us think we know enough about dementia. Dementia Friends isn't
about creating experts, it's about helping people understand a
little bit more about what it's like to live with the condition
and then turn that understanding into action - anyone of any age
can be a Dementia Friend."
you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend or helping create
more communities that are dementia friendly, see www.dementiafriends.org.uk.