Cameron becomes a Dementia friend!

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Cameron becomes a Dementia friend!

  • on: 13 Feb 2013 08:34AM
The Prime Minister today became one of England’s first ‘Dementia Friends’ as part of an initiative launched by the Alzheimer’s Society, Department of Health and the Office for Civil Society.
 
The free volunteer-led information sessions are being rolled out across England. They aim to improve knowledge of dementia by helping people understand what living with the condition might be like, and the small things that they could do to make a difference to people living in their community.

http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/david-cameron-joins-the-dementia-friends/

http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/

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Dic Penderyn

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Re: Cameron becomes a Dementia friend!

  • on: 13 Feb 2013 09:47AM
So people will be able to visit with Cameron so that they can get an up close view of dementia in one of its worst forms?  Good idea.
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Re: Cameron becomes a Dementia friend!

  • on: 13 Feb 2013 04:32PM
Can I be violently sick now please?

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Re: Cameron becomes a Dementia friend!

  • on: 13 Feb 2013 05:53PM
Oh good.

OK, here's the scenario.

2015.  We have UC.  The rules for carers not in work who want UC are those for CA not those for IS, therefore more rigid.

Mrs Lovely has dementia.  Her exhausted son doesn't live with her but deals with her phone calls day and night and does as much as he can for her.  Unfortunately, it's only 25 hours a week, (plus many hours not caring, just jumping every time the phone rings or anguishing about what else he can do to help) so while previously he got IS because he was providing substantial and regular care that was disruptive, he can't get UC, so he's gone back to work and she's high and dry.

Mr Lovely takes his mother to Number 10 and explains to the policeman on the door that since Mr Cameron is now a dementia friend, he's granny-dumping Mrs Lovely at his place and he hopes that Mr Cameron will enjoy being her friend.

Will Mr Cameron remain dementia-friendly?
(I'm an obsessive problem-solver, so feel free to ignore any suggestions or solutions I offer, even if they sound terribly insistent.)

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Re: Cameron becomes a Dementia friend!

  • on: 13 Feb 2013 05:55PM
"With friends like that".. etc etc

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Re: Cameron becomes a Dementia friend!

  • on: 13 Feb 2013 05:56PM
....Sunny, I think the short answer is:

No  :-)

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Re: Cameron becomes a Dementia friend!

  • on: 14 Feb 2013 01:09AM
Perhaps what ought to happen (although obviously carers wouldn't do it) is for hundreds of them to leave those they care for, with dementia, at the gates of No. 10 on a particular day and time.

You never know, the way the police have been treated by the government lately (and who said what to whom), they may even be inclined to look the other way.

Of course it couldn't / wouldn't be done, but it would be wonderful to see the reaction of those in power to have to cope with the varying demands of dementia.   

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