Sep 16, 2013

London to Become World's First Dementia Friendly Capital City

The launch of the Pan-London Dementia Action Alliance took place today at City Hall in London.

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The Alliance is formed by a collection of organizations, businesses and individuals who are committed to improving the lives of people with dementia in London.

London to Become World's First Dementia Friendly Capital City

Organizations involved include the Metropolitan Police, the London Fire Brigade, the London Ambulance Service, UCLPartners, Age UK London, NHS England (London Region), Skills for Care, London Councils, Dementia Advocacy Network, the Royal Academy of Arts, Transport for London, Historic Royal Palaces and Alzheimer's Society.

From training bus drivers to spot the signs of dementia, to making historic royal palaces more accessible, everybody has a part to play in making London a dementia-friendly city.

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The launch comes after a recent Alzheimer's Society report found that less than half of people living with dementia feel a part of the community (47 per cent) and nearly three quarters (73 per cent) of UK adults surveyed do not think society is geared up to deal with dementia.

Kate Moore, Alzheimer's Society's regional Operations Director said:
'As Londoners, we know that our city is one of the finest in the world, and it's vital that people living with dementia should still be able to enjoy all the capital has to offer. Many people with dementia have reported feeling trapped in their own homes and let down by their communities, with one in three only getting out once a week and one in 10 only manage this once a month. This is simply unacceptable.
'The Pan-London Dementia Action Alliance aims to address the isolation that many people living with dementia can feel and we are delighted to see so many of London's greatest attractions and services committing to helping Londoners live well with dementia.'
Read more from the Alzheimer's Society -- London takes action to become world's first dementia-friendly capital city

Read the -- National Dementia Declaration for England

Read more about Dementia Friends, Dementia friendly communities, and the Dementia Action Alliance.

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