Alliance aims to deal with dementia

GROUPS and organisations are set to come together to try and improve life for thousands of people living with dementia in Northamptonshire.

The groups and organisations will get together to launch the Northamptonshire Dementia Action Alliance on Monday. The alliance will set out a new vision for how society should respond to the challenge of an increasing number of people living with dementia.

There are more than 7,500 people living with dementia in Northamptonshire and the number is expected to reach nearly 11,000 in 10 years.

The Northamptonshire Dementia Action Alliance involves individuals, charities, councils and businesses signing up to the Dementia Declaration. Alliance members will work together to help create ‘dementia friendly communities’ and create a network of community ‘dementia champions’.

Tory Pearce from the Alzheimer’s Society in the East Midlands said: “The Northamptonshire Dementia Action Alliance is an exciting way for organisations to work together with the support of Community Dementia Champions to help Northamptonshire become more dementia friendly.

“We believe that people can live well with dementia if they are given the right support – we can get closer to that goal in Northamptonshire by working together.”

Membership of the alliance can be at a national, regional or local level and the work of each will be decided by its members as an equal partnership.

To register as a member an organisation needs to complete an action plan which will outline how it aims to work towards the outcomes listed in the Dementia Declaration.

Jillian Powell of Age UK Northamptonshire said: “Age UK Northamptonshire joined the Dementia Action Alliance in the hope of collaborating with other organisations looking to be involved in creating a ‘dementia friendly world’.

“We want to put the dementia declaration statements at the heart of developing needs-led dementia services, and in doing so contributing in a positive way to people living with dementia and their families.”

Any individuals, businesses, charities or councils can get more information by calling Victoria Pearce on 01636 642919 or emailing victoria.pearce@alzheimers.org.uk.