Widow backs new dementia campaign

Barbara Dow with Sir Michael Parkinson.
Barbara Dow with Sir Michael Parkinson.

An Amble woman, whose late husband suffered from dementia, has launched a campaign to raise awareness about the disease.

Barbara Dow has backed the new Dementia Friends initiative, which has been launched by Public Health England and the Alzheimer’s Society.

She has helped the charity for many years following the death of her husband Al, who was a former RAF pilot.

The aim of the initiative is to encourage people to become a Dementia Friend; increasing their understanding of the disease and the small things they can do to make a big difference to a person living with the condition.

Barbara said: “Dementia Friends is a wonderful initiative and I hope it goes from strength to strength because the more people that understand dementia, the better.

“Being more aware of what dementia entails will mean that people with dementia can continue to live well within their communities and avoid the social isolation that can make things worse.

“Dementia Friends can tackle the social stigma that is still attached to a condition that can be terrifying.”

It is estimated that 34,006 people in the North East, including 4,844 in Northumberland, are living with dementia.

Dementia Awareness Week runs from Sunday to Saturday, May 24.

For more details, visit the Alzheimer’s Society website