Richmond pupils unite to raise awareness about dementia

Students from primary and Secondary schools in Richmond are this week uniting against dementia as part of Dementia Awareness Week in a bid to help others find out more about the condition.

On Wednesday children supported by Alzheimer’s Society staff and their teachers produced a short film to help people learn more about dementia.

Children from St Mary’s RC Primary School are seasoned supporters of Dementia Awareness week and have ambitious plans to educate others by sharing the knowledge that they have learned by becoming Dementia Friends.

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For Dementia Awareness Week St Mary’s pupils united with St Francis Xavier pupils to produce the film to tackle the stigma surrounding dementia and work to change the way that people think, talk and act about the condition.

The film will be shared on the schools’ websites.

This year, Alzheimer’s Society is asking people to come together to unite against dementia, forgetting their differences to help urgently find a cure, improve care, and offer help and understanding during Dementia Awareness Week.

Linda Haggie, services manager for the Alzheimer’s Society in Hambleton and Richmondshire, said: “We’re calling on people in Richmond to unite with these children and support people affected by dementia this Dementia Awareness Week.

“Dementia doesn’t care who you are; it could affect us all. It’s set to be the 21 century’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes, and so many people are facing it alone.

“People with dementia often feel – and are – misunderstood, marginalised and isolated but with the right support and understanding they can continue to live fulfilling lives and make a contribution to their communities.

“There are over 2,000 people living with dementia in Hambleton and Richmondshire and more than 67,000 in Yorkshire as a whole.”

Alzheimer’s Society is here for anyone affected by dementia.

The charity provides information and support, to find out more call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122or or visit www.alzheimers.org.uk