Creating a dementia-friendly parliament that sets an example to the UK and beyond
MPs can play a vital role in championing the rights of people with dementia, in their local areas and in Parliament. Understanding and support from Parliamentarians, in addition to the influence that MPs have in their constituencies, can help make communities more dementia-friendly and ensure our national laws support them.
But there is still a lot more to be done to ensure people with dementia and their families everywhere are better supported. Since July 2014, Alzheimer's Society has been working with the Speakers of the House of Commons and House of Lords to create the world's first dementia-friendly Parliament, raising awareness of dementia among Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff.
There are three key ways that Alzheimer's Society is working to create a dementia-friendly parliament:
1. Parliamentary staff can attend our dementia awareness sessions
Alzheimer's Society works with Dementia Friends Champions within Parliament to run regular Dementia Friends sessions so that staff across the parliamentary estate will be able to better support people with dementia. So far, over 250 people working in Parliament are Dementia Friends.
Please visit the Dementia Friends website to find a session in your local area. Our Public Affairs team are more than happy to help any Parliamentarians who'd like to get more information about the initiative, or would like some signposting to services and contacts in their constituency.
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2. We can offer information and signpost carers to advice and support
Parliamentary staff who care for people with dementia can access support through our Helpline on 0300 222 1122. Information will also be available to those working in Parliament on the Parliamentary intranet and the disability e-learning tool.
3. MPs, Peers and their staff can attend dementia awareness sessions and will receive information to support constituency and parliamentary work
With the right information, MPs, Peers and their staff can be better equipped to assist and respond to constituents and people they meet living with dementia.