As part of Warwickshire’s delivery of the Living well with dementia in Warwickshire strategy and in response to the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2012, Warwickshire has committed to work towards becoming a dementia friendly community.
What does it mean to be dementia friendly?
People with dementia can find it difficult to access the community and take part in everyday tasks such as visiting the shops, going to the bank or meeting up with friends for coffee. As a result they may withdraw from these types of activities and are at risk from becoming isolated and lonely.
We have pledged to become dementia friendly by promoting and ensuring the following:
- People will receive their diagnosis at the earliest stage possible in their dementia journey and will be provided with appropriate support following this
- People with a dementia diagnosis are supported to retain their independence and are able to exercise choice and control
- People in Warwickshire are able to live full lives within the community doing the things they did before their diagnosis and feeling confident in undertaking every day tasks such as visiting the shops without fear of stigma
- Awareness of the signs and symptoms of dementia and how dementia effects people’s lives are increased, thereby reducing the overall stigma;
In Warwickshire, according to latest estimates there are 7,404 people with dementia. This is likely to rise to 9,940 people with dementia by 2021. There are many types of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common and Vascular dementia, the second most common type. People with dementia often have problems with their cognition, memory and ability to undertake activities of daily living. They may also need support from carers, family members and/or health and social care professionals.
Being dementia friendly is about being aware of the impact that dementia has on a person and how this might affect their behaviour and their ability to undertake everyday tasks. If we are more dementia aware, it is likely that we will understand the issues that someone with dementia may face, and we can adjust our approach to ensure that we are able to better support people with dementia to remain active and part of their community.
We have made positive progress so far in ensuring Warwickshire is a dementia friendly place to live:
- we have used our influence to gain commitment from Fire and rescue, libraries, pharmacies, leisure centres to pledge to become dementia friendly.
- We have submitted a dementia action alliance for Warwickshire to the dementia action alliance website which outlines Warwickshire key commitments to becoming dementia friendly.
- we have and will be involving people with dementia and their carers in understanding ‘who’ the key services and organizations are that we need to engage to be dementia friendly.
- we have launched the living well with dementia portal – which contains a range of information and advice about dementia and aims to raise public awareness of dementia and associated conditions: Coventry and Warwickshire Living Well with Dementia Portal.
Find out more
You can find out more on the links below:
If you would like to find out more about how you as an individual or your organisation can become dementia friendly please contact: The Coventry and Warwickshire Dementia Partnership