Dementia Friendly Council
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. In Nottinghamshire alone, there are more than 13,000 people living with the dementia who often feel isolated and stigmatised.
The Council is determined to break down this barrier so that residents can 'live well with dementia' and has already made great strides towards a 10-point plan, identified by its Scrutiny Committee to combat the stigma associated with dementia.
Recommendations from the scrutiny report include:
- Setting and working towards a dementia standard for employees
- Identifying Dementia Champions who are able to train employees and councillors who wish to be dementia friends
- E-learning for employees
- Strengthen links with care homes
- Encourage business to sign up to the Dementia Action Alliance
- Encourage shops and businesses to display dementia friendly logo
- Improve signage in Council buildings to be sympathetic toward people with dementia
For more information about becoming a Dementia Friend or support and advice visit the Dementia Friends website.