[S]ue Hayman, Member of Parliament for Workington, along with staff from her constituency office, have become Dementia Friends as part of an initiative by the Alzheimer’s Society. Last week, they undertook training to gain a greater understanding of dementia and how they can help people living with the condition. There are over one million Dementia Friends across England and Wales.
Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. From being more patient in shop queues, to volunteering, to campaigning for change, Dementia Friends help create communities in which people living with dementia feel more understood and included.
Sue said: “Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the UK, including 8000 people in Cumbria and around 1100 people in Workington constituency. We all know somebody affected by dementia.
“Dementia Friends aim to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. We need to create more communities and businesses that are dementia friendly so that people affected by dementia feel understood and included.
“You can get involved by becoming a Dementia Friend or a Champion, to learn more about the condition and the small ways in which we can all help. From telling friends about the initiative to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.”