Yesterday, I attended a reception in the State Room’s in Speaker’s House to pledge his support for The Alzheimer’s Society.
This campaign was designed to help raise awareness of the work Alzheimer’s Society undertakes to ensure that the voices of people with dementia and their carers are heard in Parliament. But it also helped highlight how communities up and down the country are able to take positive action to help people with dementia.
Towns in Delyn are at the forefront of this by becoming dementia friendly towns. Towns in Flintshire have been formally recognised by the Alzheimer’s Society as dementia friendly communities. Flint has become a dementia friendly town and Mold is aiming to become one.
The accreditation in Flint follows the work that has been undertaken by a group chaired by the Rev. Brain Harvey, Rector of Flint.
The parliamentary reception also raised awareness about people becoming Dementia Friends. A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action. Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. People wishing to become a Dementia Friend should visit: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
Delyn is leading the way in North Wales in ensuring that our towns and communities are accessible to all. Flint has become the first dementia friendly town in our region demonstrating how seriously we take caring for those with dementia. Not only that, but Mold is aiming to be the next dementia friendly town in Delyn.
But I would urge all those interested in becoming a Dementia Friend, an initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society, to visit their website and register. It will allow you to help those with dementia and understand this terrible disease better.
I will continue to work with the Alzheimer’s Society to make sure the voices of people with dementia and carers are heard in Parliament. This is a disease that will touch most people’s lives and it is only right that we work hard to ensure the best possible support is given.