The project proposes to develop Stockton-on-Tees as a dementia-friendly town and will focus on supporting the wellbeing of people with mild to moderate cognitive iompairment in the early stages of dementia to enable them to live safely and as normal a life as possible in their own community. It is hoped that this eventually will enable Stockton to meet the criteria for recognition as a national dementia-friendly community. The project will be led by Cleveland Alzheimers who will work closely with Stockton Dementia Services Collaborative Group. The role of the Link Worker will be to go out into the communityand engage with all areas of the community to bring about this change.
It would be the intention to use the knowledge gained from the project to assist other groups to roll out the concept of dementia-friendly communities across the region.
Why is this needed...
In March 2012 the Prime Minister, David Cameron launched his challenge to deliver major improvements in dementia care abd research by 2015. One key area sets a target that 20 cities, towns and villages sign up to become more dementia-friendly by 2015. The Alzheimers Society will take the lead, working with the Dementia Action Alliance to create a formal dementia-friendly recognition process that will make villages, towns and cities accountable to people with dementia and their carers through local Dementia Action Alliances. The key policy iniatives behind the drive for dementia-friendly communities are:
> Formation of the Dementia Friendly Communities Champion Group
Stockton-on-Tees had an estimated population of 30,000 people aged 65+ in 2011. This population is forecast to grow to 48,000 in 2031, representing a 50% increase in two decades. Recent figures in 2012 show an estimated 2,119 people in Stockton-on-Tees with some form of dementia, this figure is predicted to rise to 3,708 by 2030 which equates to a 75% increase.
There is a need in the North East to create more dementia-friendly communities and link with the North East Dementia Action Alliance. Locally there is another dementia-friendly project in the rural village of Skelton in Redcar & Cleveland and it is the intention to link with this project to receive/offer advice, support and information.
Dementia Friendly Stockton Consultation
A consultation event was held on Tuesday 2nd July 2013, in relation to the proposed Dementia Friendly Stockton. To find out more information about this consultation and its outcomes please visit the Dementia Friendly Stockton Page here or alternatively visit the dedicated Dementia Friendly Stockton website here.
A very big thank you to everyone who came along to assist at the Dementia Friendly Stockton event at Preston Hall today and all those who helped prior to the event. We were extremely happy with the brilliant turnout and the excellent information we have gained as a result of the event.
This event would not have happened without the joint efforts of so many people and we are very thankful to everyone who helped make it such a success.
Feedback from the event will be available online shortly.
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