Dementia Friendly Leeds
Dementia Friendly Leeds is a campaign to raise awareness of dementia and make services more accessible. The aim is to ensure that people who are living with dementia, and their carers, remain an active part of their city and keep doing the things they enjoy. It is a partnership between Leeds Older People’s Forum, Alzheimer’s Society and Leeds City Council. We encourage organisations, individuals and businesses to become more Age and Dementia Friendly and offer support to do so.
With around 8,500 people in Leeds living with dementia, along with their carers, family and friends, this is an issue which already effects a huge number of local people and will have an impact on many more in the future. Many older people who are living with dementia and their carers, who are often older people themselves, become reluctant to go out and about because of previous bad experiences, feelings of shame and the fear of encountering negative attitudes and exploitation. This often leads to social isolation. So as well as developing better services we also need a change in attitudes in order to include people who are living with dementia in our society.
“It's not that we want anything different in a way, it's that we want to be able to fit in just the same without stigma. Or without people thinking 'oh you can't join our group because you've got dementia' ”. Pamela’s Story (Alzheimer’s Society)
Leeds is recognised by The Alzheimer's Society as working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Community.
Dementia Friendly Communities can be any combination of partners including community groups, organisations, businesses and individual citizens. As well as making the community a better place for everyone, businesses can also benefit from retaining customers and attracting new ones; research shows that 83% of people with memory problems have switched their shopping habits to places that are more accessible. (Dementia Friendly retail guide, Alzheimer’s Society, 2018).
Find out how to become a Dementia Friendly Community.
You can also join Leeds Dementia Action Alliance, which supports groups and organisations to help make Leeds a dementia-friendly city. We want people living with dementia to feel confident, safe and part of their local community.
Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help, by taking part in an hour long awareness session or watching the online video.
Get in touch with one of the Time to Shine Communities Workers if you would like more information.