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New campaign urges Waltham Forest residents to become ‘Dementia Friends’

A national campaign is encouraging Waltham Forest residents to become Dementia Friends and better understand the condition.


Dementia is arguably the biggest health crisis facing the UK1: there are currently 665,065 people in England who have dementia2 and an estimated 21 million people in England have a close friend or family member with the disease3.


Last year in Waltham Forest there were 10684 people diagnosed with dementia, an on-going decline of the brain.


However, it’s estimated that less than 50 per cent of people with dementia have been given a diagnosis, meaning the total number affected in the borough could be more than 2000 people.


The campaign, launched by Public Health England and Alzheimer’s Society, is encouraging people in Waltham Forest to become a Dementia Friend. The Council’s public health team is supporting the campaign.


The Dementia Friends programme has been created to give people an understanding of what it's like to live with dementia and the small things people can do to make a difference to people living with the condition.


 


Residents can become a Dementia Friend by attending a 45 minute information session or watching an online video.


 


The campaign aims to create a network of one million Dementia Friends across England by 2015.


For further information on the campaign visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk


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