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By Debbie le Quesne

Dudley Council in vanguard for dementia training

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Council staff in Dudley are set to get training in ways to help people living with dementia – just how good is that!

The authority is backing the Dementia Friends campaign launched by Public Health England and the Alzheimer’s Society by encouraging its workers to complete an interactive course to recognise when someone has dementia.

The campaign, which received its first TV advertisement airing on May 7 featuring celebrities singing Beatles track ‘I’ll get by with a little help from my friends”, is gathering pace and I’m thrilled at Dudley’s response.

What I didn’t realise until today is that the opening bars of the song are sung by Gina Shaw, a former nurse diagnosed with the memory-loss condition.

It is expected that after completing the training, Dudley’s employees, who work at council-run public buildings. will be able to offer a better service to people with dementia.

Reported in the weekly Dudley News, John Polychronakis, Dudley Council chief executive, says: “One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia, an incredibly high statistic. But people with dementia can live well.

“As a public authority we deal with people every day, and it is important everyone receives the best service we can possibly give.

“We are always looking to improve the way we work and communicate with people across the borough.”

The initiative comes at the same time that government is saying workplaces must be more dementia friendly. In a BBC (I love the Beeb) bulletin about a week ago we were reminded that 700,00 are affected by dementia in England alone.

In 2014, 50,000 carers will have quit their job and 66,000 more will have to make adjustments at work, says Public Health England.

The Dementia Friends initiative aims to show it will take a whole-society response to enable people with the condition to live well.

To become a friend, individuals watch a short online film, which explains what dementia is, how it affects individuals and what people can do to help those living with the disease.

Alternatively, people can attend a face-to-face awareness session run by the Alzheimer’s Society charity in their area.

Fixing the emerging social care problem in this arena alone is a daunting prospect and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is right in saying that: “Dementia isn’t just a health condition – it attacks the fabric of our society and can take a huge toll on the families and friends of those affected by the disease.”

Thinking of becoming part of the solution? Don’t put it off, act now.

Dudley Council in vanguard for dementia training

Council staff in Dudley are set to get training in ways to help people living with dementia – just how good is that!

The authority is backing the Dementia Friends campaign launched by Public Health England and the Alzheimer’s Society by encouraging its workers to complete an interactive course to recognise when someone has dementia.

The campaign, which received its first TV advertisement airing on May 7 featuring celebrities singing Beatles track ‘I’ll get by with a little help from my friends”, is gathering pace and I’m thrilled at Dudley’s response.

What I didn’t realise until today is that the opening bars of the song are sung by Gina Shaw, a former nurse diagnosed with the memory-loss condition.

It is expected that after completing the training, Dudley’s employees who work at council-run buildings like libraries and leisure centres will be able to offer a better service to people with dementia.

Reported in the weekly Dudley News, John Polychronakis, Dudley Council chief executive, says: “One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia, an incredibly high statistic. But people with dementia can live well.

“As a public authority we deal with people every day, and it is important everyone receives the best service we can possibly give.

“We are always looking to improve the way we work and communicate with people across the borough.”

The initiative comes at the same time that government is saying workplaces must be more dementia friendly. In a BBC (I love the Beeb) bulletin about a week ago we were reminded that 700,00 are affected by dementia in England alone.

In 2014, 50,000 carers will have quit their job and 66,000 more will have to make adjustments at work, says Public Health England.

The Dementia Friends initiative aims to show it will take a whole-society response to enable people with the condition to live well.

To become a friend, individuals watch a short online film, which explains what dementia is, how it affects individuals and what people can do to help those living with the disease.

Alternatively, people can attend a face-to-face awareness session run by the Alzheimer’s Society charity in their area.

Fixing the emerging social care problem in this arena alone is a daunting prospect and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is right in saying that: “Dementia isn’t just a health condition – it attacks the fabric of our society and can take a huge toll on the families and friends of those affected by the disease.”

Thinking of becoming part of the solution? Don’t put it off, act now.

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