It’s time we talked about ‘dementia friendly communities’

shibley @legalaware :
“I’ve thought long and hard about the need to try not to dismiss worthy initiatives in dementia policy. For example, whilst I am concerned about the error rates of ‘false diagnosis’ of people with dementia, I would be equally concerned if NHS England did nothing to try to identify who the undiagnosed with dementia currently are.

Likewise, my natural instinct is to think about whether the charity sector is distorted with initiatives such as ‘Dementia Friends’. According to the Government’s website, by 2015, 1 million people will become Dementia Friends. The £2.4 million programme is funded by the Social Fund and the Department of Health. The scheme has been launched in England, and the Alzheimer’s Society is hoping to extend it to the rest of the UK soon. And that linking the global policy of dementia friendliness to one charity, when other similar initiatives exist (such as the Purple Angels, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, University of Stirling, WHO, and RSA) and may get unfairly ‘squeezed’.”

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