One of our core objectives here at the Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and District is to continue to look for new ways to make life better for those living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. One way we are looking to bring people closer together is through the Dementia Friends campaign. As many of you already know, a Dementia Friend is someone who learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into simple actions that can help people with dementia live well.
We are moving this initiative forward with the goal of combining it with the Dementia Friendly Communities campaign. A dementia-friendly community is a community that focuses on stigma reduction and the inclusion of people with dementia. Its community members are educated about dementia and recognize that people with dementia may sometimes experience the world differently. They foster understanding about dementia and encourage people with dementia to participate in their communities to the fullest extent possible. In a dementia-friendly community, people living with dementia feel supported by their community members even when they face potential challenges.
We have seen the success of this marriage between the two initiatives. The one hand encourages people to learn more about dementia and commit to an action; the other hand effectively puts that action into play. We continue to receive outstanding support from all sectors of the community, from the police services, to local health and community support providers; from the restaurants, to sports organizations.
All of the great Cornwall Communities that have stepped up to become Dementia Friends!
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