One million ‘Dementia Friends’ wanted by 2015
David Cameron has recently set out his plan to tackle dementia and make the general public more aware of a condition that affects nearly 700,000 sufferers in England alone.
The Prime Minister plans to recruit one million members of the general public to volunteer for coaching sessions on how to provide support for dementia sufferers. The scheme known as ‘Dementia Friends’ will aim to educate people on what dementia is, spotting signs of the illness, what it is like to have dementia and how to care for people with dementia.
Cameron has also announced that the Government will be giving almost £10 million for dementia research and £50 million to make wards and care homes more comfortable for people with dementia.