London has officially launched as the first capital dementia-friendly world.
On Monday (September 16), firefighters, police, guards and stars of stage and screen gathered to launch the Dementia Action Alliance Pan-London at City Hall.
Formed by a number of different organizations, the Alliance is committed to improving the lives of about 70,000 people currently living with some form of dementia in the capital.
part of the agencies involved are the Metropolitan Police, the Fire of London Ambulance Service London, UCLPartners, Age UK London, NHS England (London Region), Skills care, Tips London, dementia Defense Network, the Royal Academy of Arts, Transport for London, Historic Royal Palaces and the Alzheimer Society.
The launch follows from a recent study by the Alzheimer Society, which found that less than half of people living with dementia feel they are part of their community and 73 percent said society It does not deal well with people suffering from cognitive condition.
“as Londoners know that our city is one of the best in the world and it is vital that people living with dementia should still be to enjoy everything the capital has to offer” Kate Moore, director of regional operations of the Alzheimer’s Society, said.
“Many people with dementia have reported feeling trapped in their own homes and disappointed by their communities, with one in three just to get out once a week and one in ten only get this once a month . This is simply unacceptable. ”
added that the Action Alliance Pan London dementia will aim to address these problems and that she is delighted to see so many high profile organizations that support the cause of the Alliance.
Currently it is estimated that around 800,000 people in the UK are living with dementia and this number is likely to rise above the one million mark in 2021 unless significant progress in research it can be done.
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