Supporting people living with dementia and those caring for them

Dementia is a subject that many of us don’t talk about, but is something that can have a devastating impact on not only individuals, but on their family and friends too.

In Staffordshire the good news is we have an increasing numbers of an older population. We predict that the total number of people aged 65 and over with dementia will rise from around 11,100 in 2016 to 17,400 in 2030, an increase of 57%.  These are huge numbers and why we are doing everything we can to ensure people living with dementia and their carers have access to the support they need in their local community.

These plans include the construction of a brand new Dementia Centre of Excellence in Burton, and on Friday I was at the ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction.  The Centre will enable us to give people coping with dementia a better quality of life, enable them to lead fulfilling, independent lives for as long as possible and provide continued support as their condition changes.

This centre, and others like it, will mean that we are ready to meet the challenges that dementia poses and support individuals, their families and the wider community.  Added to this, we want to ensure local people have more of an understanding of the condition, so we can create communities that actively support those living with dementia. This means ‘People will be Helping People’ to live independent lives and be part of an active and supporting community

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