Sunday, 17 November 2013

Northumbria University and Dementia friendly Staus


Northumbria University has announced plans to gain “dementia-friendly” status


Northumbria University
Northumbria University

Northumbria University has announced plans to gain “dementia-friendly” status.


The university has been working with the Alzheimer’s Society to train 70 people to become “dementia friends”.



Sue Tiplady, senior lecturer in adult nursing said: “A lot of nursing students, when they first come to us, don’t realise just how many people are affected by dementia so that’s why we invest time teaching awareness about the condition. We stress the importance of giving a positive image of people living with dementia.



“We invite people who have cared for people with dementia and those living with the condition come in to the University to speak to students so that they have a greater appreciation of the condition and how best to deal with those living with it.”



Caroline Burden, Alzheimer’s Society area manager for the North East, said: “We’re delighted Northumbria University has set its sights on becoming dementia friendly and this is a really important step forward in the Alzheimer’s Society efforts to make our communities more supportive of people with dementia.



“This is a really valuable initiative because we are linking in with a university which is involved in training future nurses, social workers and teachers who all need to be involved with us to help improve support for people with dementia and to develop a dementia-friendly environment.”

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