Support people with dementia at Christmas

December 19, 2014   //   No Comments

Public Health England (PHE) and Alzheimer’s Society are calling on people to become Dementia Friends, as research reveals the risk of isolation for people with dementia this Christmas.

A study by the Alzheimer’s Society, among people affected by dementia, reveals that 71% of carers think that a lack of understanding is causing people with dementia to be excluded at Christmas. Nearly two-thirds of people with dementia (63%) have found that Christmas invitations have dried up since their diagnosis.

Dementia Friends is an organistion which helps people learn about what it is like to have dementia and the small ways they can support someone living with the condition. Half a million people who have become Dementia Friends are already helping to make this Christmas dementia friendly. And more than 30 businesses, including Argos, Barclays, Homebase, Lloyds Banking Group, Santander and M&S, are encouraging their employees to become Dementia Friends, and providing guidance on supporting customers with dementia.

A new guide, published by Alzheimer’s Society and PHE, contains tips on how best to support people with dementia at Christmas – both at home and in the community. From singing traditional songs to having a quiet room set aside at a party, there are many ways to include people living with dementia at Christmas time. Download a copy of the guide.