Becoming a dementia friend

This is an article for Seaside News

I recently took part in a Dementia Friends session in my office along with members of my staff.

Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative that aims to give people an improved awareness of the condition. The sessions aim to improve public knowledge of dementia, by helping people understand what living with the condition might be like, and the small things that they could do to make a difference to people living in their community.

We participated in a number of exercises aimed at helping us understand the affect of dementia on people’s everyday lives.

As a result I have signed up to show my support for Dementia Friends, and am encouraging people in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend 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 condition.

If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend or helping create more communities that are dementia-supportive, go to www.dementiafriends.org.uk to find your nearest information session or to volunteer as a Dementia Friends Champion.

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