Com­mu­ni­ties be­come de­men­tia friendly

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A DE­MEN­TIA friendly ini­tia­tive has been launched for those liv­ing and work­ing in Den­ham and Iver.

‘De­men­tia-Friendly Com­mu­ni­ties’ is a joint strat­egy be­tween Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil and the Chiltern and Ayles­bury Vale Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Groups of GPs.

Mike Ap­p­le­yard, cab­i­net mem­ber for health and well­be­ing at Bucks County Coun­cil said: “Nearly 7,000 peo­ple across Buck­ing­hamshire have been di­ag­nosed with some form of de­men­tia and the num­ber is ris­ing. It’s a pri­or­ity for the County Coun­cil to help them re­tain their qual­ity of life in their lo­cal com­mu­nity, and the De­men­tia-Friendly Com­mu­ni­ties ini­tia­tive fo­cuses on achiev­ing this.” Roger Reed, lo­cal county coun­cil­lor for Den­ham, said: “Most of us will know of some­one in the fam­ily or wider cir­cle who has had to live with de­men­tia. If we can suc­ceed in mak­ing our com­mu­ni­ties more de­men­ti­afriendly, in re­mov­ing the stigma and make lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties more in­clu­sive, then it will be eas­ier for the in­di­vid­ual and their carer, to live well for a longer time.”

A tool­kit and videos have been de­vel­oped so that com­mu­ni­ties can un­der­stand more about de­men­tia and find out how to make it eas­ier for those liv­ing with the con­di­tion to re­main as ac­tive mem­bers of their lo­cal com­mu­nity. Watch the video at: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=V9Cui­i8vKVI

Con­tact 01296 387 821 or df­com­mu­ni­ties@buckscc.gov. uk for more in­for­ma­tion or more www.caread­vice­bucks.org/ de­men­tia.

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