In view of the Week of Action Against Dementia – May 21-27 May – the Alzheimer's Society has launched a guide that calls for actions to make rural communities more demented
Alzheimer & # 39; ; s Society launched the first friendly guide to dementia for rural communities, inviting individuals, community groups and organizations in rural areas to tackle isolation for people with dementia, act and better support those affected in their area. This anticipates the Week of Action against Dementia, which takes place from 21 to 27 May.
The charity has consulted with hundreds of people affected by dementia and with those who work to support them, to discover the small actions that could make the biggest impact with the goal of helping them feel included in their local communities and able to live the life they want.
Dementia is the biggest killer in the UK with someone developing it every three minutes ̵
Two thirds of people with dementia are based in rural areas, with the percentage of older people in rural areas up to 56%, leading many to feel very isolated.
The guide builds on the work done by the Alzheimer & # 39; s Society led, working with individuals and key organizations, to create dementia-friendly villages, towns and towns in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Over 350 areas have already created places for friendly dementia; however, more needs to be done to ensure that everyone in every corner of the country is supported, said the charitable organization.
The [Demenza] Guide to rural communities describes in detail the double risk of living in a rural community and with dementia means that many people feel excluded and powerless, unable to access support, guidance and elements basics of community life such as transport, shops, health care, pharmacies and banks.
The guide, developed by the Alzheimer & # 39; s Society with the Prime Minister's sample group on rural dementia, people with dementia, their assistants and partners, outlines how each – from local authorities and businesses to Parish councils and individuals – must unite to address issues related to rural life and isolation for people with dementia.
Suggestions for individuals to better support people living in their communities include becoming Friends of dementia of the Alzheimer Society, the primary active initiative with 2.4 million members that is changing the way the world think and act on dementia, urging their local businesses to become friendly demented or setting up work and conversation groups for people with dementia so they can enjoy fresh air and exercise.
In addition to individuals, the agricultural and agricultural sector has a key role to play, from the challenges faced by people with dementia working in rural areas.
Jeremy Hughes, CEO, Alzheimer & # 39; s Society said: "We hear too often about how people with dementia in rural areas are denied them the right to live a life they want instead of facing extreme isolation. People often feel unable to participate in community life as their dementia progresses, due to lack of understanding, stigmatization and poor access to services and support.
"Many people and companies are already doing a great job To solve these problems – there are over 2.4 million Alzheimer's Society Dementia Friends and 350 Dementia Friendly Communities in the UK taking actions to change the perception of dementia.
"We need to see all of society, including the most remote and rural areas, joining now and engaging in the steps outlined in this guide so that no one faces dementia alone."
Ian Sheriff, president of the Prime Minister's group on rural dementia, said: " During my presidency of the First Minister's challenge for rural communities with dementia I have visited many rural areas in England and Wales and I saw some fantastic work done by rural communities to become more friends with dementia.
"However, there are still too many people with forgotten dementia. This guide is an opportunity to ensure that rural communities and people with dementia are fully supported and integrated into all aspects of community life. "
Initiatives that have already succeeded in making rural dementia friendly communities include Rural Plus, a campaign that the National Federation of Young Farmer Clubs set up in
February 2014 to offer sessions to young farmers to reduce the stigma of dementia.
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