Alzheimer’s: it can create distress and isolation for those experiencing it, as well as for friends and families.
In the UK, 850,000 live with the disorder and, increasingly, support groups are springing up. In many areas these have helped turn towns and villages into officially-designated ‘dementia-friendly’ locations.
These 340 such communities in England and Wales do not have a tick-box list of uniform facilities, but instead have amenities created by local people with personal experience of memory issues.
In Purley, south London, shops display a forget-me-not flower logo to indicate that staff are trained to support those with the condition, while in Wigan, Greater Manchester, (regarded as…