Watford is on its way to becoming a dementia friendly community after the ‘Watford Dementia Action Group’ was officially recognised by the Alzheimer's Society.
A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported. In a dementia-friendly community people will be aware of and understand dementia, so that people with dementia can continue to live in the way they want to and in the community they choose.
A Dementia Friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can help their community. Too many people affected by dementia feel that society fails to understand the condition they live with. Dementia Friends help by raising awareness and understanding, so that people living with dementia can continue to live in the way they want.
"One of my priorities is to make Watford a more dementia friendly town, so we are delighted to be recognised in this way and making progress towards this goal. There are hundreds of local people who are living with dementia, so we are working with many different organisations to see how we can best support people who are living with dementia and their carers too."
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor