The UK Parliament has launched an organisation-wide effort, together with Alzheimer’s Society, to become the first ever dementia-friendly Parliament in the world.
On Monday of this week, Dementia Carer Voices Director Irene Oldfather was delighted to be at the launch, which was attended by people with dementia and their carers, senior politicians including Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, representatives from leading third sector organisations and experts on dementia and dementia friendly design.
With the aim of creating a supportive environment for people with dementia and those affected by the condition, the initiative calls for Parliament to work towards the following:
- Make dementia awareness part of all newly elected MPs inductions
- Deliver Dementia Friends awareness sessions to all public facing staff so they can support external visitors living with dementia
- Provide MPs and Peers with information and knowledge about dementia to help them assist constituents affected by dementia
- Signpost staff with caring responsibilities for people with dementia to help through Alzheimer’s Society
Speaking about the launch, ALLIANCE Director Irene Oldfather said:
“There has been a lot of preparatory work in undertaking to become a dementia-friendly Parliament – it’s great to have another world first. It’s been inspiring to hear from people affected by dementia about how important it is for people with dementia to have their needs and rights recognised.”