As part of Dementia Awareness Month, Dementia Australia asked the community to pledge their support to become a Dementia Friend, and were delighted to see more than 9,000 people sign up.
The Dementia Friends program gives people a better understanding of dementia and, through that, empowers people to do small, everyday things that can make a difference to someone living with dementia.
For instance, being patient in a shop queue, offering assistance if someone appears disoriented or confused, allowing extra time for inclusion in a conversation or taking in how the environment might be impacting on someone’s ability to focus or engage.
“Our Dementia Friends program that has been developed in conjunction with people living with dementia and carers is an engaging and positive way for people to learn more,” Ms McCabe said.
“It aims to remove the obstacles created when friends, family and the community are unsure how to provide better support and to transform the way we all, as a community, think, act and talk about dementia. Through a 15-minute online module that includes information and videos of people with the lived experience, everyone can find out what small actions they can do to make a big difference in their community to the lives of all people impacted by dementia.”
People can find out more, and sign up, at dementiafriendly.org.au. We invite you to sign up too.