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Sunrise Senior Living Blog

Care Home Boost for Dementia Friends Campaign

Join a Dementia Friends training session at Sunrise Senior Living during Resources to Remember Week

Alzheimer’s Society has reached the halfway point in their drive to train a million ‘dementia friends’ by 2015. But, they still need more people to become a dementia friend. To help them achieve their target, one group of care homes in the UK has devoted a whole week of activities to the campaign.

The initiative is being backed by Sunrise Senior Living – who run 27 care homes across the UK – as part of their Resources to Remember week. Although there are now half a million Dementia Friends across England, a further half million are still needed.

“Each day next week – from 3rd to 9th November – a Sunrise home somewhere in the UK will be holding a dementia friends session as part of our Resources to Remember week,” said a spokesperson for Sunrise. “Every person who joins one of these sessions will help to push the total number of dementia friends towards the target.”

People who complete a brief Dementia Friends training session learn more about dementia and the small ways they can help when they meet people living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

“Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the UK,” said TV presenter and Alzheimer’s Society ambassador Ruth Langsford in an email to supporters of the campaign “We launched Dementia Friends to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion.”

To join a Dementia Friends session, you can book online with Sunrise or go to the Dementia Friends website to find a session near you.

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