Dementia Friends

DementiaFriendsLogoDementia Friends aims to educate a million people in England about dementia by 2015, giving them the know-how to make people with dementia feel understood and included in their community.
Launched in November 2012 by the Prime Minister, the aim is make everyday life better for people with dementia by changing the way people around them think, talk and act. Each Dementia Friend will be awarded a forget-me-not badge, to show that they know about dementia. The same forget-me-not symbol will also be used to recognise organisations and communities that are dementia friendly. And community events will be rolled out in 2013.
The £2.4 million programme is funded by the Social Fund and the Department of Health after research found that nearly two thirds of people with dementia feel lonely, and almost half reported losing friends following their diagnosis. Nearly one in three people over 65 will develop dementia.
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