Posted on January 21, 2015

Dementia friends scheme promoted in Ryedale

People living in Ryedale in North Yorkshire are being asked to commit some of their time to becoming a dementia friend in 2015. The Dementia Friends scheme has already signed up more than 400,000 people across the country, with the aim being to improve understanding of the condition and the ways in which sufferers can be helped on a daily basis, and North Yorkshire County Council is supporting the project. The executive member for adult social care and health integration, Clare Wood, says that there are currently more than 9,000 people in the region living with dementia and that this has an effect on many thousands more, such as friends and family. To become a dementia friend, people need to undergo a short training session to equip them with the knowledge they need to help to make the area dementia friendly. Dementia friends co-ordinator for the Alzheimer's Society, Daisy Robson, says that improving understanding of the condition is essential, as there is an ageing population and more and more people are going to be in need of this type of help. The scheme is not designed to turn people into experts but to give them enough knowledge about the condition and the issues connected to dementia care to help out where possible, which can be something as simple as helping a sufferer to get on the right bus. Anyone can become a dementia friend and it only takes a quick visit to the official Dementia Friends website to find out more.
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