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Enfield supports Dementia Manifesto

Published Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Enfield Council has hosted an event to coincide with the launch of the Dementia Manifesto for London that sets out how local councils and communities can support a dementia-friendly London.

The Dementia Manifesto for London explains how individuals and local authorities can help make our communities more dementia-friendly and transform the lives of people with the condition.

In Enfield approximately 3,050 people aged over 65 are thought to have late-onset dementia and around 44% of them have a formal diagnosis. National research suggests the overwhelming majority of those affected by dementia believe that organisations and communities don’t meet their needs.

Working with partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors in a local Dementia Action Alliance, Enfield Council is among the leading authorities in London promoting a dementia-friendly borough.

It means that local businesses and services can help their staff be more aware of what it means to live, or care for someone with dementia and make small but important differences to how services are delivered, such as simply being more patient with people.

A key focus is on early diagnosis, as people will generally have a better quality of life if they receive an early diagnosis and the help and support they need.

Cllr Don McGowan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Health & Adult care said, “It is thought that one in three people over 65 will develop dementia. It is the biggest health concern among people over 55 – far greater than cancer, heart disease and stroke combined.

“It is estimated that the number of people with dementia will increase to around 4,000 in Enfield by 2030.

“People who care for those with dementia also need support. Often close family members are involved. So the aim of a dementia–friendly borough is to help them as well.”

At the launch, the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme will explain about helping people understand a little bit more about what it’s like to live with the condition and then turn that understanding into action.

The Alzheimer’s Society is aiming to have one million Dementia Friends by 2015, to help make England more dementia friendly and improve the lives of the 670,000 people currently living with the condition.

There are 70,000 people across London living with dementia, and even more friends and family affected by the condition. Many of these people are not living well. They are isolated and can’t access the vital care and support they need and deserve.

 

 

 

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