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Could You Be A Dementia Friend in North Yorkshire?


10:32am 9th May 2014

The campaign encourages people to become Dementia Friends. This project was created by the national Alzheimer’s Society to provide an understanding of dementia and the small things  that can be done to make a difference to people living with the condition.

“The idea of Dementia Friends is one that we are very keen to support” said County Councillor Clare Wood, Executive member for adult social care “There are 670,000 people in the UK living with dementia today and this is predicted to rise to 1million by 2021. Around one in four people over the age of 85 will have dementia and every one of us will be affected by it because we will all know someone living with the disease.

“In North Yorkshire we have an ageing population and over 9000 of over 65s are living with dementia. Many more family members and friends will be affected through taking on caring responsibilities. Most of us will know or care for someone who has dementia. We want to raise awareness, provide support and work with people across the county, other public services and with businesses to ensure more people with dementia can live well for longer.

“It is only by personally understanding the issues that people living with dementia face that we can fully appreciate the challenges they have to overcome on a day-to-day basis. By participating in a short on-line training session to become a Dementia Friend, we can all play a crucial role in helping us take one step closer to creating a dementia-friendly community.”

People can sign up to be a Dementia Friend by watching and interacting with an online video which takes less than 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed at www.dementiafriends.org.uk . A Dementia Friend does not have to commit to anything beyond completing the video and applying what they have learnt to any interactions they have with people with dementia.

North Yorkshire County Council is working to provide dementia-friendly libraries which offer ‘Pictures to share’ publications designed to spark conversations around common interests like gardening. The library’s free online subscription service allows people to use tablets and home computers to dip into magazines on favourite topics.

Those who can no longer read because of their dementia can borrow Talking Books and for those who can’t come to the library, Home Library Service Volunteers take specially selected books to people’s homes. Libraries offer the same service to care homes.

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