Faculty of Medicine & Health aiming to increase dementia awareness in Leeds

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There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in England.

Having volunteered to be Dementia Friends Champions, staff in the Faculty of Medicine and Health with members of LIME’s Patient and Carer Community are delivering Dementia Friends Sessions to students in the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine and staff across the Faculty of Medicine and Health. To date, almost 100 dental students and over 200 medical students have attended Dementia Friends Information Sessions. Jools Symons (Manager of PCC) said:

‘I signed up to be a Dementia Friends Champion because I believe passionately in seeing the person and not the condition and wanted to raise awareness of dementia amongst our local community. It’s easy to get involved. I attended a training course, receive ongoing support and I’m now proud to be part of a growing network of people creating dementia friendly communities together.

Hannah Chivers, Dementia Friends Regional Support Officer at Alzheimer’s Society said:

Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the country. Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. It’s all about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From getting in touch with someone you know living with dementia to wearing your badge with pride, every action counts.’

Anyone wanting to attend a Dementia Friends Session should contact Shelley Fielden at dementiafriends@leeds.ac.uk. People can also get involved in Dementia Friends through an online video. Go to dementiafriends.org.uk to find out more.