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Have you considered becoming a Dementia Friend?

by Gemma Melling

September is World Alzheimer’s Month – an international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.

September is the perfect opportunity to offer support to family, friends and neighbours who are living with dementia by signing up to become a dementia friend.

Dementia is a much misunderstood condition

Globally, two out of every three people believe there is little or no understanding of dementia and whilst the impact of World Alzheimer’s Month is growing, the stigmatisation and misinformation that surround dementia remains a global problem.

One way to find out more about dementia is to become a dementia friend and join the 2.5 million people across the UK who have signed up to be a dementia friend.

What is a Dementia Friend?

A dementia friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can help their community. Armed with this information, dementia friends can help to raise awareness and misunderstandings around dementia and help those who live with dementia continue to live the way that they want.

It’s simple steps that can make such a difference, such as being patient whilst waiting in a shop queue, or simply visiting someone with dementia to check they are okay.

Sign up and pledge your support

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “Dementia is increasingly prevalent within our communities and it’s important that we can support those living with dementia by understanding what dementia actually is.  Becoming a dementia friend isn’t time consuming, but equips you with the knowledge and skills to support those people who are living with dementia. Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is the perfect time to sign up and pledge your support.”

Want to know more about being a dementia friend?

Anyone can be a dementia friend and you can find out more at www.dementiafriends.org.uk.