‘World’s first Dementia Friendly Parliament’ backed by AM

Backing WAG’s Dementia Friendly call: Neil Hamilton AM

NEIL Hamilton, Leader of UKIP Wales and AM for Mid & West Wales, is supporting a call for the Welsh Assembly to become the world’s first Dementia Friendly Parliament.

Mr Hamilton, joined fellow AM’s, in the Senedd, this week, at an Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, drop in session, to support Dementia Action Week and signed up to become a Dementia Friend.

In 2015, the Welsh Assembly committed to become ‘Dementia Friendly’ and pledged to provide information sessions for all staff and AMs, to become Dementia Friends.

Mr Hamilton said: “I am disappointed to hear however, that despite the commitment, the pledge has not been fulfilled and I am calling on the Welsh Government to honour its agreement.

“This week is Dementia Action Week and serves as a timely reminder about this terrible disease and how we can all help to improve the lives of people suffering.  Many of us will have family or friends with dementia and will have seen at first-hand how devastating it can be.

“The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia and its aim is to help us learn more about this cruel disease and the small ways we can help.

“Earlier this year I was delighted to see there are now over 100,000 people taking action on dementia in communities across Wales, and this figure is growing.

“I am totally committed to getting involved with this and am happy to pledge my support for this important campaign.”

During the drop in session in Cardiff, the organisation said its ambition was for all 60 AM’s to become Dementia Friends by November 2018, and for the National Assembly to become the world’s first Dementia Friendly Parliament.

A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with the disease and turns that understanding into action. From telling friends about Dementia Friends, to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

Information sessions to become a Dementia Friend, are held regularly across Wales, or you can watch an online video. For more information go to www.dementiafriends.org.uk.

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