Date published: April 26, 2016
Workshop to teach simple actions to help people living with dementia
Do you want to help people living with dementia or raise awareness of the disease? If so, then please join us at our workshop on Thursday 19 May.
The Dementia Friend session, which will be held in University House from 3.00 to 4.00pm, aims to train attendees to carry out simple actions, such as helping someone find the right bus or spreading the word about dementia on social media.
After attending this session, staff and students will obtain a Dementia Friend’s badge and learn how you can help to create dementia-friendly communities, as well as getting lots of ideas about the actions you can take in the future.
Dementia is a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. It is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as a series of strokes.
The condition affects 800,000 in the UK today and although it is generally associated with older age, over 17,000 younger people are currently affected.
It is predicted there will be over one million people with dementia by 2021. In 2013, Salford hosted a major conference on Dementia, and one of the outcomes was to highlight the Dementia Friends programme at Salford.
For more information about what it means to be a Dementia Friend, visit http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/.