Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service are Dementia Friends

This month, Dementia Friends Champions from Social Care and Health at The Cornwall College Group visited Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service to educate staff about dementia and how they could help change people’s perceptions of dementia.

Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the UK. Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. We need to create more communities and businesses that are dementia friendly so that people affected by dementia feel understood and included.

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Many of CFRCS Service’s staff and stations are now a dementia friend because they want to understand what it's like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. If you would like to get involved and become a dementia friend, you can find out more on the Dementia Friends website 

Tamsin Lees, CFRCS Service Community Safety Manager said: “We were once again proud to support dementia awareness week and the Dementia Friends programme. We would encourage everyone to undertake the awareness sessions to also become a Dementia Friend to help change people’s perceptions of dementia.”

Last week was Dementia Awareness Week which is supported by the Alzheimer's Society. The Alzheimer's Society is a UK charity which provides support and research for those affected by dementia. In the UK, there are about 800,000 people with dementia; it is estimated that around 400,000 people have dementia but do not know it. By raising awareness about this condition, it is hoped that more people will be diagnosed earlier, giving more time for them to come to terms with future symptoms. For more information visit the Alzheimer’s Society website.   

 

Story posted 22 May 2017