Scheme encourages Borehamwood to be more dementia friendly

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Healthcare professionals and patients came together to discuss ways of making Borehamwood more dementia friendly.

GPs, patients, carers and people from the voluntary sector joined Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group for the Dementia Friends session.

Dementia Friends was set up to help members of the public understand what it is like to live with dementia. Alzheimer’s Society is aiming to have one million Dementia Friends by 2015 to help improve the lives of the 670,000 people currently living with the condition.

Guests were encouraged to take part in practical tasks, exercises and group discussions in order to gain a greater understanding of how people living with dementia and their carers feel in day to day situations.

Speaking about the session, dementia champion Heather Aylward said: “The Dementia Friends session in Borehamwood was fantastic and the feedback really positive. It gives me such satisfaction to help people to understand what it is like to live well with dementia and to encourage those people to become a Dementia Friend.”

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