LETTER: become a Dementia Friend and offer your support

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Could you become a Dementia Friend?

Dementia is arguably the biggest health crisis facing the UK, in Nottinghamshire alone it’s estimated that there are 10,945 with dementia, and an estimated 21 million people in England have a close friend or family member with dementia.

That’s why we’re calling on you to take a few minutes of your time to consider how you can better understand the issues those living with dementia face, and play your part in contributing to a dementia friendly society.

We’re supporting the latest Dementia Friends campaign, which was first launched in 2013 by the Alzheimer’s Society with the aim of helping people develop an understanding of dementia and showing how to turn this into action to help people in their community living with the condition.

Join us in our mission to create a network of one million Dementia Friends across England by 2015, and find out about the small things you can do that can make a big difference to people living with dementia, whether this be helping someone find the right bus or spreading the word about dementia in your community and via your networks.

The ask is a simple one - become a Dementia Friend by visiting dementiafriends.org.uk, to help people with dementia live well for longer.

Cllr Joyce Bosnjak,

Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board