More than 60 towns and cities across the UK have committed to becoming dementia-friendly.
Liverpool, Leeds, York and Poole are just some of the places around the country which have joined the programme and are working towards “dementia friendly” status.
The Government had set a target of 20 communities signing-up by 2015, but it was confirmed on Monday that more than treble that were already involved.
The news has been welcomed by the Alzheimer’s Society, who says the measures will allow people living with the condition to remain independent for longer and enjoy a better quality of life.
To qualify, a town or city has to demonstrate the steps it has taken to make life easier for those with dementia – who are often become reluctant to go out for fear they might become confused or lost.
Initiatives can include installing more park benches and better training for staff in high street shops about how to help those with the condition.
In Rothwell, Yorkshire, one enterprising pub landlord has even opened a “dementia-friendly” café, attended by around a dozen local people.
Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society said: “The dedication we have seen from towns working to become dementia friendly is truly inspiring.
“A diverse range of projects across the country are working to help people with dementia remain independent and active in their local communities.”
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