Council takes action on dementia

10 September 2019

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A new action plan to increase awareness and improve the lives of people living with dementia in Nottinghamshire has been signed off by the County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee.

The refreshed Dementia Action Plan aims to:

  • Make Nottinghamshire County Council a Dementia Friendly organisation – by delivering in-house Dementia Friends information sessions and encouraging staff to be trained as Dementia Champions
  • Support partners and communities to become Dementia Friendly – by sending information and extending the offer of the Age Friendly ‘Take a Seat’ campaign with local businesses.
  • Promote healthy lifestyle choices that help people live well with dementia or delay the onset of the condition, for example by promoting services and support available on the Notts Help Yourself website.
  • Provide training and encourage the take-up of assistive technology for people living with dementia.
  • Engage with people living with dementia by asking them what works well and what changes they would like to see.
  • Identify, promote and deliver quality standards and best practice in services used by people with dementia.
  • More tailored support to meet the needs of carers.

Councillor Tony Harper, Chair of Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “Celebrities such as Vicky McClure have helped to raise the profile of dementia and the challenges faced by the person living with the condition as well as their family and friends. This new action plan demonstrates our commitment as a Council to supporting local people to live well with dementia and our role in encouraging partners and businesses to become more dementia friendly.

“We also need the public to do their bit. Being active, eating healthily and exercising the mind can all help to reduce the risk of dementia. There are almost 8000 over 65s with a dementia diagnosis in Nottinghamshire, so people can make a real difference by signing up to become a Dementia Friend.”

Find out more about support and services for people with dementia: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/dementia

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