Today marked the highlight of Kent County Council’s journey towards making Kent more dementia friendly.
KCC’s Cabinet joined more than 20,000 people in becoming Dementia Friends since the initiative was launched last year.
At a Dementia Friends Awareness Session this morning, the members learned about the everyday struggles faced by those who live with this condition.
“A growing number of people will experience dementia either first-hand or through caring for a loved one living with this condition.
“Understanding what it’s like for those who live with dementia is the first step towards making sure that we can support them within our communities and workplaces.
“Living in a dementia friendly community can make a world of difference for them, enabling them to live with dignity, and to live well.”
Establishing a Dementia Friendly Kent is part of the county’s long-term aim of growing a generation which approaches the subject of dementia with understanding and compassion, ensuring that young people are more educated and aware about dementia than ever before.
KCC aims to change people’s perceptions about dementia and transform the way people think, talk and act about the condition, so that those living with dementia can have a better quality of life.
This is the latest in a series of initiatives which KCC has carried out to further the integration of health and social care services within Kent. Hundreds of schools have taken part in the dementia friendly schools programme and awareness is gathering pace within youth movements across the country.
Kent’s Dementia Champions have delivered over 1,150 training sessions, with15,079 Dementia Friends trained in Kent and another 4,971 people becoming Dementia Friends by completing the Alzheimer’s Society’s online training.
There are now 20,050 people in Kent all helping to establish a dementia friendly community.
Kent County Council is part of the Kent Dementia Action Alliance, along with colleagues in health, councils, businesses and the voluntary sector which are all working together to make Kent a better place for people living with dementia.
Dementia Friends is a national initiative and Kent County Council is delivering sessions in the county as part of its Dementia Friendly Communities project.
To find a Dementia Friends awareness session in Kent visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk