Helping dementia patients is 'something we can all do'

Helping dementia patients is 'something we can all do'

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has again encouraged people in Britain to sign up to the Alzheimer's Society's dementia friend campaign.

The scheme is designed to increase awareness of the disease across the country and make public spaces more accessible and accommodating of people with the condition.

Those that sign up to become a dementia friend will be given free training to help them better understand the disease and will be presented with a badge in the shape of a forget-me-not flower to demonstrate their awareness of the disease.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Hunt said that signing up to the scheme is "something that all of us can do".

He highlighted the success of a similar initiative in Japan, which saw over a million people sign up.

The Department of Health has provided £2.4 million for the dementia friends campaign and hopes to encourage a million people to sign up by 2015.

Find out about dementia care and support services at Barchester care homes.