Louise Haigh MP becomes a Dementia Friend
Louise Haigh MP has taken a key step towards helping end the stigma surrounding dementia by becoming a Dementia Friend and supporting Alzheimer's Society's vision of a dementia-friendly UK. A Dementia Friend is someone who has gained a basic understanding about what it is like to have dementia and the small ways they can support someone living with the condition.
Louise Haigh said: ‘ “Dementia affects one in fourteen over 65’s, yet the public generally know little about Dementia. Many families, including my own, have been affected by dementia and it’s really important that the stigma is challenged and understanding around dementia is promoted. That’s why this is such a good scheme, providing simple messages, and making people more aware about dementia, the little things that we can all do to make a difference and the importance of seeing the whole person.
I am so pleased that my staff have been able to have this training and I have pledged to make my office reception a dementia-friendly environment.”
Paul Harrison, Alzheimer’s Society Operations Manager for South Yorkshire said: ‘Dementia is one of the biggest health and care challenges our country faces - one that everyone must respond to. Too many people are not getting the support they deserve and are entitled to. Too many families are struggling to get by. Too many people with dementia live in communities that do not support and include them.
'We all have a part to play in improving the lives of people living with dementia and creating a dementia-friendly UK.
'We are delighted to see Louise Haigh MP showing her support for Dementia Friends. Less than half of us think we know enough about dementia. Dementia Friends isn’t about creating experts, it’s about helping people understand a little bit more about what it’s like to live with the condition and then turn that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend.’