Feb 19, 2013

The Leader of the Dementia Friends Movement

A little understanding and empathy could go a long way to reducing the stigma that is often attached to Alzheimer's and dementia.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room


David Cameron
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Imagine.

I want you to imagine the highest elected official in your country undergoing dementia training. Undergoing hours of training to better understand how a person living with dementia thinks and feels.

The purpose of this endeavor and training is a first step in becoming a Dementia Friend.

Can you imagine the highest elected official or the leader of your country taking time out from his or her schedule to understand dementia?

Would they in your opinion?

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David Cameroon is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  Yesterday Mr Cameron took time out from his busy schedule to attend a Dementia Friends session.

The purpose of the dementia friends session is to educate people and to help them better understand what it feels like to live with dementia. To help people learn how to communicate more effectively with a person living with dementia.

During a Dementia Friends session the group leader intentionally tries to confuse and exasperate participants. To give them an idea of what it might feel like to live with dementia.

Imagine.

I suggest you read this story in the Mail Online - Put the kettle on, Prime Minister - it'll help dementia patients.

The article is a bit funny, and very interesting.

Imagine a Dementia Friendly Society. The idea is not as far fetched as I once thought.

Are efforts underway in your country to create a Dementia Friendly society?

Do you think it will happen?

What is your opinion about the Dementia Friends movement?

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Bob DeMarco
Bob DeMarco is the Founder and Editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room. Bob is a recognized Influencer, speaker, and expert in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Worldwide. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.

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