Of­fi­cers on course to be de­men­tia friendly

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

La­nark­shire Po­lice have been recog­nised as the first de­men­tia friendly po­lice di­vi­sion in scot­land.

The ac­co­lade from Alzheimer’s scot­land comes af­ter po­lice of­fi­cers took part in De­men­tia Friends work­shops, run by the char­ity.

Here they learned how best to en­gage with, and sup­port, peo­ple who are liv­ing with de­men­tia in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

Lorna Hart, de­men­tia ad­vi­sor at Alzheimer scot­land, said the char­ity was de­lighted with of­fi­cers’will­ing­ness to learn more about the con­di­tion.

she said:“Po­lice of­fi­cers per­form a vi­tal role in our com­mu­ni­ties and by work­ing to­gether we can take very im­por­tant steps to­wards mak­ing our com­mu­ni­ties a bet­ter place to live for peo­ple with de­men­tia and their car­ers.

“our mis­sion with De­men­tia Friends is to help make ev­ery­day life bet­ter for peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia, and change the way the na­tion thinks, talks and acts when it comes de­men­tia. Po­lice of­fi­cers across the com­mu­nity will now have more aware­ness and con­fi­dence to help mem­bers of the com­mu­nity af­fected by de­men­tia go­ing for­ward.

“With ap­prox­i­mately 10,000 peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia in La­nark­shire and with the num­ber set to dou­ble in a gen­er­a­tion, we are work­ing hard with in­di­vid­u­als and with lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, work­places and com­mu­ni­ties to help change the lives of peo­ple with de­men­tia and their car­ers for the bet­ter.”

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