People urged to sign up to become 'Dementia Friends' - The Leamington Observer

People urged to sign up to become 'Dementia Friends'

Leamington Editorial 28th May, 2018   0

‘DEMENTIA Friends’ are being urged to show their support for those living with the disease.

South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is calling for residents to sign up to an initiative to find out what it is like to live with the illness.

The group – which buys most healthcare services in the area – says people can support those with the disease by watching a video about the condition online, signing up to receive a information pack or attending a free information session.

South Warwickshire CCG chairman Dr David Spraggett said: “We strongly believe life doesn’t end when dementia begins, so supporting people to live well with dementia is a key priority for the CCG.

“All of us can make a difference to so many people and their families simply by understanding how it feels to live with dementia and pledging to become Dementia Friends.

“With support, people can live well with dementia, so every action counts. Training is quick as people just need to watch a short online video, which provides them with a greater understanding about dementia, including tips to help people with the illness.

“As the population ages, we all face the risk of one day developing dementia but with the right support people with the condition can continue to do the things they love and more.”

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