Local DUP MLA David McIlveen has pledged to take action to help create dementia friendly communities in Northern Ireland.
Mr McIlveen joined other MLA’s and representatives from Alzheimer’s Society in Parliament Buildings, Stormont, recently to provide a handwritten statement of the action they will take to support people with dementia and their carers.
Mr McIlveen pledges to campaign for better dementia care in the constituency and tackle the stigma attached to dementia and raise awareness locally.
He says: “Alzheimer’s Society was at Parliament Buildings in Stormont on February 26 to drum up political support for its trailblazing Dementia Friendly Communities initiative to help improve the lives of over 19,400 people with dementia in Northern Ireland.
“A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported, and feel confident they can contribute to community life.”
Heather Lundy, Dementia Friendly Communities Manager said: “Dementia can happen to anyone and there is currently no cure, but with the right support, people can live well with dementia.”
“Alzheimer’s Society is working to create dementia friendly communities in villages, towns and cities across Northern Ireland, to challenge stigma surrounding dementia and increase awareness of how to best to communicate, relate to and support people with dementia.”
Examples of the ways that local shops, banks, and community organisations, including bus drivers, police and emergency services are working towards becoming dementia friendly can be found at http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info