I recently joined 120 other Members of Parliament at an Alzheimer’s Society photography exhibition to showcase the human cost of the dementia care crisis.
The photo exhibition, ‘Dementia Care: The Crisis Behind Closed Doors’, depicts the human cost of a care system that is unfair, unsustainable and in urgent need of reform up and down the country.
At the exhibition, Parliamentarians met with people affected by dementia to hear about how the dementia crisis has affected them and their families. Read more “Supporting Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Care Campaign”
I have continued to show his support for those with dementia and their families by taking training to become a ‘Dementia Friend’ along with my staff in my Flint office.
‘Dementia Friends’ is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative. 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’. Whether they attend a face-to-face ‘Dementia Friends’ information session – which I did – or watch an online video. ‘Dementia Friends’ is about learning more about dementia and the small ways in which people can help. From telling friends about ‘Dementia Friends’ to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
People wishing to become a Dementia Friend should visit: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/
Alzheimer’s UK is an important organisation who work with lawmakers so that we can fully understand the challenges faced by individuals with dementia. When I was offered the chance to have training to be a ‘Dementia Friend’ I jumped at the chance. It is important that we increase our understanding of this disease.
I hope more people will follow me in undertaking ‘Dementia Friend’ training. I took part in face-to-face training but there is a plethora of other ways to get involved. There is an online training video and you can contact Alzheimer’s UK for more information.
Going forward I feel I have better understanding of the issues faced by those with dementia and hope that I can bring this experience with me in Parliament so that we have policies that work for everyone.
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. Read more “Alzheimer’s Society Reception”