A DEMENTIA FRIENDLY ST ANDREWS
A Dementia Friendly Community
A dementia friendly community is made up of the whole community – shop assistants, public service workers, faith groups, businesses, police, fire and ambulance staff, bus drivers, school pupils, clubs and societies, and community leaders – people who are committed to working together and helping people with dementia to remain a part of their community and not become apart from it.
This involves learning a little about dementia and doing very simple and practical things that can make an enormous difference to people living with the condition.
The concept of a Dementia Friendly Community isn’t new – as far back as 2001, Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week focussed on how to reduce stigma, raise awareness and create more dementia-friendly communities. But it’s probably fair to say that the dementia-friendly movement was given a huge boost in March 2012 by the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia south of the border. The attention this achieved gave an added impetus to some of the work which had been going on quietly for many years, with more and more communities coming forward to say they too wanted to get involved.