Dementia Friends

What is Dementia Friends?

Dementia Friends is a government-funded initiative run by Alzheimer’s Society. It aims to help over 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK by educating volunteers about how to support them. This is part of a wider government initiative to make the UK a world leader in dementia care. For example, NHS England is investing £90 million to diagnose two-thirds of people with the condition by March 2015 and carry out further research into diagnosis and treatment. One million Dementia Friends have already been created and Alzheimer’s Society are now aiming for a further 3 million by 2020.

What do Dementia Friends do?

Dementia Friends learn a little bit about what it’s like to live with dementia so that they can support people in their families and communities who are living with the condition. Anyone of any age can become a Dementia Friend. If you would like to become a Dementia Friend, or would like to find out more information, please visit the Dementia Friends website.

Why are Dementia Friends Important?

According to Alzheimer’s Society, this condition will affect one in three people over the age of 65 during their lifetime. While there is currently no cure, it’s hoped that the Dementia Friends initiative will raise awareness of the condition, and make the lives of people living with dementia that much easier.

LloydsPharmacy Supports Dementia Friends

We are proudly supporting the Dementia Friends initiative by creating a community of Dementia Friends from our workforce. Our colleagues will receive training in order to better support those living with dementia, and their carers. This will also help us to provide relevant information to our pharmacy teams, so that they can better support people living with this condition.

Further Information:

The National Dementia Helpline (run by Alzheimer’s Society): 0300 222 11 22

Alzheimer’s Society: www.alzheimers.org.uk

Dementia Friends: www.dementiafriends.org.uk

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