Did you know 30 July was World Friendship Day? Many of us consider ourselves a friend to someone or many people infact, but have you ever stopped to consider what friendship truly is? Or how you could be doing more as a friend? If you were aware that it was World Friendship Day last week, what did you do celebrate? Mollie Robinson, Communications Assistant, Leeds City Council, tells us what she did.
What did you do to recognise World Friendship Day? I became a Dementia Friend.
Earlier this year, my family and I took a knock when we learnt that a beloved family member was suffering from vascular dementia. Regrettably up until this point we had been ignorant that there might have been an underlying issue causing the forgetfulness and confusion that eventually led to seeking a medical opinion.
Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative which aims to inspire action through education and transform the way in which the nation thinks, acts and talks about dementia. Personally since becoming a Dementia Friend I am more mindful, patient and understanding of what it is like to both live with and care for somebody with dementia, and I have been able to offer a greater level of support to other members of my family.
Becoming a Dementia Friend is extremely straight forward. Simply visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk to watch a 5 minute video which looks at living with dementia from a patient’s point of view. Once complete, you’re officially a Dementia Friend and will receive a badge and a “Little Book of Friendship” to show for it. If you didn’t want to stop there, there’s plenty more to get involved in; why not pledge to take a set of actions, or become a Dementia Champion?
Be a part of the biggest ever social action movement to change perceptions of dementia and register today!