We’ve been getting into the spirit of World Alzheimer’s Month this September, and as such, we’ve been keen to learn as much as we can about the condition and its effect on people’s lives.
In fact, we’ve gained plenty of new insights through our work on an inspiring new project in conjunction with Dementia Friends.
Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative designed to change people’s perceptions of dementia.
Their mission is very simple – to encourage the nation to learn more about the condition and the small ways in which you can help improve the lives of those affected.
The initiative is essentially a nationwide effort to enlist people to actually become Dementia Friends, whether that be as an individual or as a collective organisation.
Becoming a Dementia Friend is all about turning understanding into action.
This could include:
- Making and maintaining contact with someone living with dementia
- Volunteering for an organisation like the Alzheimer’s Society, for example
- Campaigning to improve the lives of people affected
- Wearing the Dementia Friends badge to raise awareness
- Carrying out your own specific personal actions to help somebody in the community
It therefore comes as no surprise that Dementia Friends have had a profound impact on various organisations who have benefited from the various resources on offer and have subsequently become far more dementia friendly since registering.
In order to become a Dementia Friend in the workplace, employees simply need to watch the Understanding Dementia Videos on the Dementia Friends website.
These videos are the best examples of what Dementia Friends preach about dealing with people living with the condition.
This could include when speaking on the phone or when dealing with a transaction for instance.
Either way, we definitely recommend checking them out this World Alzheimer’s Month – we’ve been extremely moved by what we’ve learned so far.