First steps to Norwich becoming a dementia friendly city

September 24, 2014 5:17 PM

Liberal Democrats on Norwich City Council have taken the first steps towards Norwich becoming a dementia friendly city, following unanimous cross-party backing at a meeting of the City Council on Tuesday evening.

Cllr Caroline Ackroyd asked the council to consider supporting the Dementia Friends Campaign, encouraging all staff and councillors to take part in an Alzheimer's information session and is aimed at helping participants to understand the effects of dementia on people's lives.

She also called on the council to help Norwich become a dementia friendly city, joining Aylsham, Wymondham, Swaffham, and Diss which are dementia friendly towns.

In 2013, there were estimated to be over 14,000 people affected by dementia in Norfolk and that figure is expected to continue rising.

Commenting Cllr Ackroyd said;

"Many people have been touched in some way - either through work, family or friends - by the problems faced by people suffering from dementia and indeed those who care for them

"As a city we can work together to make it possible for someone living with dementia to live as normal a life as possible for as long as possible in their own home, amongst ordinary people.

"I want to ensure that whether they are meeting with their local councillor, with an officer of this council or simply out on a shopping trip the dementia sufferer is treated with dignity and understanding."