Middlesex FA have partnered with Alzheimer’s Society to become a local Dementia Referral Partner, providing easy access support and guidance when raising concerns about themselves or a loved one.
MFA Staff, Referees, Coaches, Players and Volunteers can now be supported by the County FA when concerns are raised. We understand that it can be daunting to speak to a medical professional, and that people may feel more comfortable speaking informally with someone they are more familiar with.
Alzheimers Society’s services have been used more than 4.2 million times in the past year, proving to be a lifeline for thousands.
Daniel Perkins, Football Development Officer (Inclusion) at Middlesex FA, said “We are very proud to be a part of this programme, to provide support for our residents in Middlesex. The scheme allows those who have concerns about either themselves or a loved one, to speak with likeminded football people in a more informal setting. Many people are worried about speaking to a doctor or seeking medical support, whereas they may feel more comfortable having those initial conversations with their local County FA”
Chief executive of Alzheimer’s Society, Kate Lee, said: “Great sport should be unforgettable - we want to help make sure those who are part of the beautiful game are not sidelined due to their diagnosis and can continue to live fulfilled and meaningful lives by receiving the right support from day one.
“No-one should face a dementia diagnosis alone, nor suffer in silence, which is why we’re proud to be the FA’s official charity partner and working closely with County FAs up and down the country to embed our services and make sure thousands more have somewhere to turn to during one of the most frightening and toughest times in their lives.”
To find out more about Alzheimer’s Society’s partnership with The FA, or donate, visit alzheimers.org.uk/FA
Anyone worried about their memory can download the Alzheimer’s Society symptoms checklist, endorsed by the Royal College of GPs, to support people to get a diagnosis.