The Cabinet took part in a dementia awareness session and committed to becoming Dementia Friends, as part of the Dementia Friends initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society and Public Health England.
Alzheimer’s Society’s Chief Executive Jeremy Hughes delivered the Dementia Friends session to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet along with Eileen Sills, Chief Nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital.
Following the event, David Cameron, UK Prime Minister tweeted:
A brilliant session by @DementiaFriends at Cabinet. I want ministers to ensure staff in their departments to join this great scheme.
Jeremy Hughes said:
The Prime Minister and his Cabinet have shown leadership in the fight against dementia. By becoming Dementia Friends, they are raising awareness and understanding of dementia.
Every government department has a role to play to improve the lives of people living with the condition. The cabinet is joining businesses and communities across the country in saying people with dementia must be included and supported. Everyone can become a Dementia Friend.
The Dementia Friends initiative is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition and spans across the political spectrum, with all three leaders of the main political parties Dementia Friends, as well as many more Members of Parliament.
Find out more about the Dementia Friends initiative at dementiafriends.org.uk