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.