Reading’s Mayor Becomes a Dementia Friend

Reading's Mayor - Dementia Friend
Reading’s Mayor Becomes a Dementia Friend

READING’S Mayor, Cllr Mohammed Ayub, is taking part in an awareness session this week to become a Dementia Friend.

The Mayor’s chosen charities this year includes the Alzheimer’s Society, which helps people with dementia caused by the brain being affected by certain diseases or conditions. About 850,000 people live with dementia in the UK.

The Dementia Friends session, which takes about an hour, involves learning the five key messages about dementia. The session teaches people a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action.

Reading’s Mayor, Cllr Mohammed Ayub, said: “I’m really looking forward to the session and I’d like to encourage others to become a Dementia Friend too.”

Cllr Rachel Eden, who is already a Dementia Friend, said: “Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. You learn more about dementia and the small ways you can help – from telling friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia – every action counts.”

Anna Bailey-Bearfield, who is delivering the session, said: “Becoming a Dementia Friend involves deciding to take a personal action to help your community to become a more supportive and dementia friendly environment. It is great to see that the Mayor is leading the way in Reading. He will be joining over 1.5 million other Dementia Friends who are also helping to turn understanding into action.”

People interested in becoming a Dementia Friend can find out more at


Notes for Editors:

  • 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes.
  • Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to two million people by 2051.
  • Dementia costs the UK economy over £26 Billion per year. This is the equivalent of more than £30,000 per person with dementia.
  • Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them.
  • Alzheimer’s Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Alzheimer’s Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting
  • Alzheimer’s Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit


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