Premier Care Warrington are delighted to announce we are are supporting the new Dementia Friends campaign to help people develop an understanding of dementia and turn it into action to help people in their community living with the disease.
Dementia is arguably the biggest health crisis facing the UK: there are currently 665,065 people in England who have dementia and an estimated twenty-one million people in England have a close friend or family member with dementia – because they live with or care for someone who has dementia. In Halton alone, there were 1290 people diagnosed with dementia last year.
The campaign, launched by Public Health England and Alzheimer’s Society, is encouraging people in Halton to become a Dementia Friend by watching an interactive video online to increase their understanding of the disease and implementing their experience on a daily basis.
Eileen O’Meara, Director of Public Health for Halton commented:
“One in three of us over the age of 65 will develop dementia an incredibly high statistic. But people with dementia can live well, and it is the responsibility of the rest of the community to help them do so.
“It is only by personally understanding the issues that people living with dementia face, can we fully appreciate the challenges they have to overcome on a day-to-day basis. By participating in the short information session to become a Dementia Friend, you are playing crucial role in helping us take one step closer to creating a dementia-friendly society.”
The campaign aims to create a network of one million Dementia Friends across England by 2015. As part of the campaign, adverts will appear on TV and online.