York aims to become dementia friendly

Cllr Linsay Cunningham-Cross and Cabinet members after their dementia training

Cllr Linsay Cunningham-Cross and Cabinet members after their dementia training

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A CAMPAIGN which aims to help improve life for people with dementia has attracted support from City of York Council’s Cabinet members.

Public Health England and Alzheimer’s Society are encouraging people to become Dementia Friends by watching a short interactive video online to increase their understanding of the condition.

Councillors in York have become the latest to sign up, joining a number of businesses with shops in York which will be encouraging their employees to become Dementia Friends, including Marks & Spencer, Lloyds Bank and Superdrug.

Council leader James Alexander said: “Dementia is arguably the biggest health crisis facing the UK with one in three of us likely to develop the disease. In York there are around 3,000 people currently living with dementia and many more who are friends or carers of those who are affected by it.

“The majority of those living with the disease still live in their local communities, so by understanding a little more about the problems they face we can help make their day to day lives easier. I’m delighted to support the campaign, both as a Cabinet and Council, and would urge others to watch the video and become Dementia Friends too.”

The national campaign aims to create a network of one million Dementia Friends across England by 2015. As part of the campaign, adverts are airing on TV and online.

The campaign is part of a wider initiative in York to help make it a Dementia Friendly City.”

For details on how to become a Dementia Friend, visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk

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8:37am Sat 31 May 14

Happytoliveinyork says...

Well done COYC !
Well done COYC ! Happytoliveinyork
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11:28am Sat 31 May 14

Jack Ham says...

A great campaign high jacked for a publicity stunt from the Labour Cabinet of York who are desperate for some positive publicity.

During her tenure at Health, Tracey Simpson-Laing, along with those surrounding her voted to increase the threshold at which residents in the city are eligible to receive help towards their costs of living with a disability. She has also overseen the rise in 'delayed discharges' from hospital which often involves people living with dementia.

This is a sad attempt to gain political credit on the back of other peoples hard work.

Shame on them all.
A great campaign high jacked for a publicity stunt from the Labour Cabinet of York who are desperate for some positive publicity. During her tenure at Health, Tracey Simpson-Laing, along with those surrounding her voted to increase the threshold at which residents in the city are eligible to receive help towards their costs of living with a disability. She has also overseen the rise in 'delayed discharges' from hospital which often involves people living with dementia. This is a sad attempt to gain political credit on the back of other peoples hard work. Shame on them all. Jack Ham
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