A video has been released by the Dementia Friends campaign, showing how dementia can affect us, and offering tips on what we can do to help.
An overwhelming number of celebrities, including Angela Rippon and Meera Syal, have shown their support for the short film. "It's really important that people get an opportunity to see the Dementia Friends video," explains Angela, "to see someone talk, very personally and very emotionally, about what having dementia means to her."
Meera agrees, saying, "Gina [in the video] is an amazing and brave lady; very open about a condition that there's so much stigma about."
TV's golden couple Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes have also pledged their support. "If people could just take a few minutes out of their day to watch this video, it would make a real difference," says Eamonn. And Ruth believes that every conversation has a part to play in raising awareness. "Every time you can talk about dementia, it spreads the message."
By May 2015, there will be more than 720, 000 people living with dementia in England. Public Health England and the Alzheimer's Society hope that we can all become Dementia Friends, to support and understand those affected, which includes the friends and family of anyone with the condition.
- To watch the video and afterwards register as a Dementia Friend, visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk