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Independent funeral director urges businesses to unite against dementia

David Button Independent Funeral Directors is encouraging the local community and businesses to continue to unite against dementia. Leading by example, the Suffolk based funeral director is encouraging local business to sign up to their local Dementia Action Alliance.

It is estimated that there are approximately *12,800 people with dementia living in Suffolk, of which 75 percent live in the community and 25 percent in residential care. 80 percent of those living with dementia in Suffolk are over the age of 75.

As a member of the Felixstowe Dementia Action Alliance (FDAA), David Button comments: “By continuing to unite, we can raise awareness and share part of the responsibility for ensuring that people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to our community.”

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Helen Greengrass, Chair of the Felixstowe Dementia Action Alliance, said: “We are delighted that David button Independent Funeral Directors is leading the way on becoming a dementia friendly organisation. We have some fantastic Alliance members and would love to hear from other businesses wishing to join us.

Helen continues: “Encouragingly, the Alzheimer’s Society is currently celebrating reaching a huge milestone, 2 million Dementia Friends – that’s 2 million people across the country who are taking action to help people being affected by dementia.”

On a national level, it is estimated there are **850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. By 2051, this is set to soar to 2 million. Distressingly, 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes.

The FDAA’s vision is to make Felixstowe a Dementia Friendly Community where people living with dementia can continue to live full lives within a community which shows understanding and patience.

Late last month, Alzheimer’s Society announced that a staggering 2 million people have united against dementia by becoming Dementia Friends. That’s one in every 30 people in England, Northern Ireland and Wales now involved in the biggest ever social action movement to change perceptions of dementia.

If you would like to join your local Dementia Action Alliance or become a Dementia Friend, please visit: or

*Healthy Suffolk
**Alzheimer’s Society

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