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NALC becomes an official Dementia Friendly organisation
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has today become a Dementia Friendly organisation and is calling on all local (parish and town) councils to follow suit to tackle one of the UK’s biggest health problems.
A dementia-friendly community can be defined as a place or culture in which people with dementia and their carers are empowered, supported and included in society, understand their rights and recognise their full potential. This is especially important in rural areas to help make everyone feel a part of the community.
Local councils can make their first step in becoming dementia-friendly by signing up to become a Dementia Friends. They can also ensure that all local council-owned buildings are suitable for people with dementia, or by creating all-inclusive social groups such as art and crafts, walking, reading, and an afternoon tea group, to help create a social community.
Cllr Sue Baxter, chair of NALC, said: "NALC is delighted to become a Dementia Friendly organisation and support the initiative. Our recent visit to Yealm showcased the amazing work the council is doing, and further supported our calls for more local councils to become dementia-friendly."