Parliamentary Candidate Neil Parish helps Tiverton and Honiton become dementia friendly

Neil Parish, Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Tiverton and Honiton will take a key step towards helping end the stigma surrounding dementia on Tuesday 7th April 2015 by giving residents the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend.

Dementia Friends was launched in February 2013 by Alzheimer’s Society. It is a trailblazing initiative that aims to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. Simple actions can make a big difference. We have surpassed the target of one million Dementia Friends, to help make England more dementia-friendly and improve the lives of the 650,000 people currently living with the condition in the country. We are now aiming to create four million Dementia Friends and this session will enable people in Tiverton and Honiton to be part of this groundswell.

Neil Parish is hosting an hour’s Dementia Friends that will take people through a number of exercises aimed at helping participants understand the effect of dementia on people’s everyday lives. This will be held in the Lowman Suite of the Tiverton Hotel from 3pm

Neil Parish said: ‘I've signed up to show my support for Dementia Friends, and am encouraging people in Tiverton and Honiton to do the same too. Devon has a growing elderly population and with increasing numbers of people living with dementia, it's more important than ever we all have a better understanding of the condition.

‘Dementia Friends is about giving people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do that can make a difference to people living with dementia. We must also ensure that that those caring for a loved one with dementia are properly supported as well. From helping someone find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia, it can help make our local community a better place to live.’

Debbie Donnison, Regional Operations Manager for Alzheimer’s Society said: ‘Fewer 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.’

If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friend or helping create more communities that are dementia friendly, go to www.dementiafriends.org.uk to find your nearest information session or to volunteer as a Dementia Friends Champion.