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Dementia

Find details on becoming dementia aware, help and support

Dementia is one of the biggest challenges facing the nation today.

Some 670,000 people in England are believed to be living with dementia, including 3,600 people in Wolverhampton, with somebody diagnosed with the condition every four seconds worldwide.

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe many different types of dementia, particularly Alzheimer's Disease, Vascular Dementia and Dementia with Lewy bodies.

It can affect anyone, and causes a decline in a person's cognitive (intellectual) abilities, affecting their memory, language, understanding, reasoning, problem solving and concentration, but each person's dementia is unique and so affects their lives in very different ways.

Cases of dementia increase with age, and as life expectancy increases, more and more people will be affected. Currently, one in 50 people between the ages of 65 and 70 have a form of dementia, compared to one in five over the age of 80. Around 15,000 people under 65 are living with dementia and this number is increasing.

Diagnosis is often made at a later stage of the illness and this can affect the person's ability to make choices and decisions.

Dementia does not just have a devastating effect on the individual, but also their families and friends. An estimated 21 million people know a close friend or family member with dementia - that's nearly half of the population, and it's important that they get the help and support they need to carry out their caring role.

Life should not stop because of dementia. People with Dementia and their family and carers may need support to enable them to carry out activities and engage in relationships in a positive way, so that they can continue to lead a full and active life.

Help and support

A range of organisations offer help and support for people with dementia and their families and carers. They include:

Wolverhampton Dementia Cafes 2016

Dementia Awareness Week

Dementia Awareness Week runs from Sunday 15 May, 2016 to Saturday 21 May, 2016. There are a wide range of activities taking place in Wolverhampton for people living with dementia and their families and carers. Please read our news story for more details.

Improving dementia services in Wolverhampton

Already a great deal of good work has taken place locally to improve the lives of people with dementia and their families.

Businesses, organisations, community groups and individuals have come together as Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance  to support the city's drive to become a Dementia Friendly Community, creating a city in which people with dementia receive the help and support they need to live their lives to the full.

But there is much more to be done, and to develop this good work further, a number of organisations including Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, Wolverhampton City Council, the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have come together to shape a Joint Dementia Strategy, which will be published shortly.

The strategy will set out the work which will take place over the next two years to bring about further improvements in care and support for people with dementia, and is based upon what local residents say they need from services in Wolverhampton.

Becoming dementia aware             

Nationally, more than one million people have signed up to become Dementia Friends through the Alzheimer's Society, and in doing so have developed a greater understanding of dementia, and what can be done to help people who are living with the condition. Anyone can do this - please visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk for more details.