Heathrow has teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Society as it aims to be the world’s first dementia friendly airport.
The partnership is part of the charity’s efforts to change global attitudes towards dementia through its Dementia Friendly Communities programme.
The disorder affects nearly 850,000 people in the UK alone according to the Alzheimer’s Society with 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 having dementia.
Heathrow has pledged to make its 76,000 employees dementia aware by delivering ‘Dementia Friends’ sessions, training and online resources.
The commitment was made at the same time as Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan was announced by the Alzheimer’s Society and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as the first UK Global Dementia Friends Ambassador.
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Everyone has the right to be able to travel comfortably and with ease, and we all have a role in helping air passengers with dementia feel like they’re able to continue flying.
“Sadly, we know that travelling can be a daunting or frightening experience for many people affected by dementia – this can put people off travelling and in turn lead to them feeling socially isolated.
“Dementia Friends and Dementia Friendly Communities aim to change the way people think, act and talk about dementia. Alzheimer’s Society is delighted to be working with Heathrow on their commitment to become the world’s first truly global dementia friendly airport. We hope their pioneering work will pave the way for all airports the world over to transform the air travel experience for people with dementia and their carers.”
More information is available on the Alzheimer’s Society website.