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Information about dementia friendly communities, how your or your organisation or business can become more dementia friendly.
What is a dementia friendly community?
The word 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.
A dementia friendly community may be defined as being a place in which it is possible for the greatest number of people with dementia to live a good life, where people with dementia are enabled to live as independently as possible and to continue to be part of their community where they are met with understanding and given support where necessary.
People with dementia describe a dementia friendly community as one that enables them to:
find their way around and be safe
access the local facilities that they are used to and where they are known (such as banks, shops, cafes, cinemas and post offices)
maintain their social networks so they feel they continue to belong.
Where can I find more information about dementia and dementia friendly communities?
The Alzheimer’s Society is leading the concept of dementia friendly communities and has developed a national recognition process. The East Riding is already recognised as a dementia friendly community. Here is more information from the Alzheimer’s Society about dementia-friendly communities:
How can my organisation or business become more dementia-friendly?
Any organisation can develop an action plan to become more dementia friendly, the Alzheimer's Society website provides more information including contact details:
Dementia Friends can play an important part in creating a dementia friendly community
This Alzheimer’s Society programme aims to change people’s perceptions of dementia through a one-hour information session, either online or face to face, delivered by a Dementia Friends Champion. Accessing Dementia Friends Sessions, holding a bespoke session for staff or allowing key staff members to become Champions and deliver the session are often part of an organisation’s Dementia Action Alliance Plan.
For more information visit the Dementia Friends website:
The Local Government Association has also created resources and guidance:
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has developed an environmental checklist to help with creating a dementia-friendly physical environment:
How can I support an employee who is diagnosed with dementia?
See this video for Occupational Health guidance for employers supporting an employee with a diagnosis of dementia to live well and remain in the workplace:
Where is there more information for people with dementia and their carers?
Information about local support in Hull and the East Riding is available on the Dementia East Riding website:
Further Information about the Alzheimer’s Society support programmes can be found here:
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