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London Takes Action to Become World’s First Dementia-Friendly Capital

Fire fighters, yeoman warders, police officers, and television stars unite today to support the estimated 70,000 people living with dementia in the capital.

This comes as London launches itself as the world’s first dementia-friendly capital city.

Monday 16 September saw the launch of the Pan-London Dementia Action Alliance. The Alliance is formed by a collection of organisations, businesses and individuals who are committed to improving the lives of people with dementia in London, including the Metropolitan Police, the London Fire Brigade, the London Ambulance Service, UCLPartners, Age UK London, NHS England (London Region), Skills for Care, London Councils, Dementia Advocacy Network, the Royal Academy of Arts, Transport for London, Historic Royal Palaces and Alzheimer’s Society.

From training bus drivers to spot the signs of dementia, to making historic royal palaces more accessible, everybody has a part to play in making London a dementia-friendly city.

The launch comes after a recent Alzheimer’s Society report found that less than half of people living with dementia feel a part of the community (47 per cent) and nearly three quarters (73 per cent) of UK adults surveyed do not think society is geared up to deal with dementia.

The Pan-London Dementia Action Alliance asks organisations to sign up to the National Dementia Declaration and come up with three actions they will take to make life better for people with dementia. For example, the Metropolitan Police has an ambitious awareness-raising project for staff, rolling out the Dementia Friends programme within their organisation, making those who come in to contact with the public more aware and able to spot the signs of dementia so they can support people in their care and in their community. Transport for London is also looking to raise awareness of dementia within its workforce and is making sure that its information and services are easier to understand and access.

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