Sign up and join dementia friend scheme

Dr Avi Bhatia and Rakesh Marwaha.
Dr Avi Bhatia and Rakesh Marwaha.

Volunteers in Ilkeston are being encouraged to join a national scheme aiming to offer support to dementia sufferers.

The NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has joined forces with Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council to support the new campaign after figures reveled that there are more than 665,000 people in England with dementia.

Dr Avi Bhatia, chairman of NHS Erewash CCG, said: “One in three of us over the age of 65 will develop dementia - an incredibly high statistic. But people with dementia can live well, and it is the responsibility of the rest of the community to help them do so.

“It is only by personally understanding the issues that people living with dementia face that we can fully appreciate the challenges they have to overcome on a day-to-day basis. By participating in the short information session to become a Dementia Friend, you are playing a crucial role in helping us take one step closer to creating a dementia-friendly society.”

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