Dementia Friends Initiative

The Alzheimer’s Society launched its ‘Dementia Friends’ Initiative back in February 2014. Since then the joint campaign with Public Health England has successfully enabled people to help those with dementia by developing understanding of the condition. This help can take many forms, from practical assistance with everyday tasks to simply showing that you know a little about what it’s like to live with the condition.

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Many people have become a Dementia Friend including the Prime Minister David Cameron and his cabinet, and our very own Victoria Crick who specialises in legal advice for later years.

The following video gives an overview of the campaign:

Alongside Victoria and over 40 MPs, thousands of others are educating themselves on dementia, learning how they can better their local community. Through a greater understanding, we are all able to more successfully accommodate those with the illness in our communities.

It is estimated that 1 in 3 people who are 65 and over will develop dementia. It is important to point out though that dementia is not a natural part of ageing and younger people can get dementia too. Many of us have been affected by dementia and can appreciate the challenges individuals and their families have to face.

With dementia come a number of legal considerations related primarily to the Mental Health Act 2005. The Act safeguards and empowers those who may not be able to make their own decisions.

The best way to feel secure about you and your family’s future is to plan ahead and be prepared. To do this you should seek qualified and experienced advice from people who genuinely care. We need to remember that actually, ‘later life’ presents us with exciting opportunity. Whether that is trying a new career path, discovering an unusual hobby or simply having more time to spend with family and friends (take a look at our Guide to Activities for Older People In Brighton and Hove for some fantastic examples). By allowing us to help you, you will be unburdened and can get on with enjoying your later years.

Call us today on 01273 604123.

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