Wednesday, 4 July 2012

BE PART OF IT: DEMENTIA FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES

Alzheimer's Society

In March this year, David Cameron launched the first ever Prime Ministerial challenge on dementia. As part of that challenge, Alzheimer's Society is leading a project to create dementia friendly communities.


Sometimes just a smile on our face can help to make this world a better place. Stand up for the things that are right. Try to talk things out instead of fight. Lend a hand when you can, get involved this is good. You can help to make a difference in your neighbourhood.

That's why we need your help.

We need you to tell us what changes your community, local shops and local services need to make to become dementia friendly. We have worked with the Department of Health to put together six simple questions for you to answer:

1 - What could be done to raise awareness and understanding of dementia within communities?
2 - What barriers do people with dementia and their carers face when wanting to participate and access services in their local community?
3 - What changes should organisations make in order to become dementia friendly?
4 - What should communities do to make their area more dementia friendly? Which bodies and organisations should be responsible?
5 - What should be the main factors to determine whether a city, town, or village is dementia friendly?
6 - What examples of dementia friendly communities are already going on? What changes or initiatives have made a big difference?

Attitude Adjuster: When you smile at someone, nine times out of 10 the other person will smile back and you've made two people's days brighter and better. People with dementia need you and me.