Breyer are joining other large companies such as the Met Police, Fire Brigade and Financial Sector in encouraging staff to become “Dementia Friends”.
According to recent information approximately 850,000 people across the UK are living with dementia and this is due to increase to 2 million people by 2051. There are over a hundred different strains including vascular dementia, dementia with lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia to name a few. The media have reported recently that the youngest ever person in the UK to be diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia is just 32 years old.
The Breyer Group Customer Services Manager, Rebecca Maher has attended a Dementia Friends Champion Induction at The Alzheimer’s Society and is rolling out a programme of workshops across the Group. Staff can also use the Alzheimer’s Association online system to become a Dementia Friend directly.
The workshops cover 5 main themes:
- Dementia is not a natural part of ageing
- Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain
- Dementia is not just about losing your memory
- It is possible to live well with dementia
- There is more to the person than the dementia
By helping our teams understand Dementia better we hope it will assist us in tailoring our works better to the need of this group both when in engaging with individuals and in the design of projects.
Rebecca commented, “Our teams regularly meet Dementia sufferers and our programme will help us deliver a better service to sufferers, their families and carers.”
Further information can be obtained from the following website: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk Previous Article