Dementia and SAIF

 Every three minutes someone develops dementia and by 2020, over 1 million people will be affected.  Dementia has become one of the nation’s greatest health challenges and the impact on UK businesses is great. With nearly 44% of people either directly or indirectly affected, we know that a large number of SAIF members and customers will be dealing with dementia in some way.

A survey carried out by Alzheimer’s Society found that 73% of UK adults thought that society was not adequately prepared to deal with dementia. This illustrates that the partnerships across communities are crucial to the wellbeing and health of employees and customers and are more important than ever before.

What is Dementia Friends?

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends initiative is the biggest ever social action movement on dementia to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about a condition that touches the lives of millions of people.

A Dementia Friend learns a little more about dementia and the small way to help those affected. It is a simple yet effective way to equip SAIF members with the necessary tools to communicate with customers, friends and family affected by dementia. With over 2 million Dementia Friends, Alzheimer’s Society is halfway to reaching their target of 4 million by 2020.

Becoming a SAIF Dementia Friend / Fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society

SAIF Chief Executive Terry Tennens announced at the AGM 2018 that SAIF had agreed to enter into a partnership with Alzheimer’s Society. He says, ‘The purpose of this partnership is for our member firms to be in a state of readiness to respond to clients or their next of kin who live with dementia. Additionally, we want SAIF members to create an avalanche of Dementia Friends across the UK via the National Society; develop deeper practicing dementia friendly businesses as examples of professional caring businesses; and not least to raise funds for this noble work that currently affects 850,000 people in the UK with projections to substantially increase and impact our way of live’.

Dementia Friends training for SAIF Members

  1. Training session at Newmarket on 8th May at 6.00 pm
  2. Video training: Login to the Members’ area of the website to read how SAIF Member companies can train their staff to become Dementia Friends, then receive badges.

Dementia Action Week – take action and help improve the lives of people with dementia.

Dementia Awareness Week has now changed to become Dementia Action Week (DAW) and takes place from 21 to 27 May. Raising awareness and offering support will always be important, but it’s time we all act to make change happen for people affected by dementia.

This DAW, people are asked to unite and take actions big and small to make a difference to the everyday lives of people with dementia. It could be as simple as being more patient in queues or helping make your business dementia-friendly.

We are asking SAIF members to unite to make this the best DAW yet

There will be plenty of ways you can get involved in your local community, and across the country, during the Week. Be the first to hear more about the Week and get free awareness or fundraising materials.

Understanding dementia – ‘bookcase’ analogy

This video on the Dementia Friends’ website explains what it’s like living with dementia. 

General Support

Looking for information, support or advice about dementia? Alzheimer’s Society helpline is here for you on 0300 222 11 22.

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