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Two Million Dementia Friends Milestone

Two Million Dementia Friends Milestone

Good news from Alzheimer's Society's website:

Alzheimer’s Society hits staggering two million Dementia Friends milestone

One in every 30 people in England, Northern Ireland and Wales now involved in the biggest ever social action movement to change perceptions of dementia.

Oscar-nominated actress and UK Global Dementia Friends Ambassador Carey Mulligan and Alzheimer’s Society announce today that a staggering two million people have united against dementia by becoming Dementia Friends.

Dementia is the biggest health and social care crisis facing society today. Someone develops the condition every three minutes and too many are facing it alone. The award-winning star has experienced first-hand the devastating impact of dementia, and is speaking candidly for the first time since her grandmother died with the condition earlier this year.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative was launched in 2013 to tackle the stigma that often results in people with dementia losing friends and being socially isolated.  Since then it has

been transforming the way people act, think and talk about the condition in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Speaking of the achievement, Carey Mulligan said:

“Dementia Friends has made huge strides in tackling the social isolation many people with dementia experience - and the two million milestone is an incredible achievement. But we have a long way to go before society is fully accepting and need people everywhere to unite against the stigma associated with dementia.”

“We can all play a part to ensure that people affected by the condition live life well beyond a dementia diagnosis.

“Dementia Friends is about about giving people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do that can make a real and meaningful difference to people living with dementia.”

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society said: 

“Carey has been a huge support to Alzheimer’s Society and we are so grateful to her and the two million others who are Dementia Friends.

“The odds are that in every school, train carriage and supermarket in this country, at least one person will be a Dementia Friend and this is making a real difference - over two thirds of Dementia Friends tell us they feel more confident interacting with people with dementia now.

“The public response so far has been phenomenal, but we must not lose momentum as dementia continues to be the biggest health and social care crisis of our time. We need all of society to unite with us against dementia and join the movement by becoming a Dementia Friend.”

Anyone can unite with Alzheimer’s Society to become a Dementia Friend. In England and Wales visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk to watch a short online video or arrange to attend an information session. In Northern Ireland, please email nir@alzheimers.org.uk

 

(Extract taken from: www.alzheimers.org.uk/news Monday 26 June 2017)

 

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