Over 2.5 million people have become Dementia Friends. Why not join them?
Whitehead Monckton Solicitors are supporting an Alzheimer’s Society campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia. There are currently 850,000 people living with the condition in England.
Bekka Fuszard and Amy Turner-Ives are running a free ‘Dementia Friends’ Information Session on Monday 20 May and are inviting local people to come along. This Information Session is one of several public Information Sessions being held across Maidstone during Dementia Action Week 2019 by members of the ‘Building a Dementia Friendly Maidstone’ community group.
Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
The one-hour Information Session will take place at Whitehead Monckton, 5 Eclipse Park, Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3EN (just off junction 7 of the M20, behind Next) at 6pm.
Talking about her volunteer role as a Champion, Bekka says: ‘I signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion over a year ago because I am passionate about dementia awareness and creating a dementia friendly society. My Grandad had dementia and, working as a Solicitor in the Tax and Estate Planning Department at Whitehead Monckton, I regularly meet clients who are living with dementia themselves or have loved ones who are. I’m proud to be part of a growing network of people creating dementia friendly communities together.’
Anyone wanting to attend the Dementia Friends Session should RVSP