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The Alzheimer’s society Dementia Friends programme is a nationwide initiative created to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to alter the way people think, act and talk about the condition.

A dementia friend is somebody that educates themselves about what it’s like to live with dementia, the impact it can have on someone’s life and the things that can be done, however small, to help.

Here at Hearing Matters we recognise the importance of having a good understanding of dementia and the ways in which we can help people living with dementia, both in everyday life and more specifically within our profession as Audiologists. Becoming dementia friends has enabled us to develop a deeper understanding of the condition through watching videos outlining peoples experiences and reading literature based on dementia. As a team, we will endeavour to turn this understanding into actions, where possible to help people with dementia feel understood and included.

There are over three million dementia friends nationwide. Anyone is able to become a dementia friend and you to can get involved by visiting the following website; www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Lucy-Anne Hastings - Audiologist