Partnership leads to strategy to help those with dementia

Councillor Scott Dickinson
Councillor Scott Dickinson

Partners across the county have signed up to a strategy which lays out plans to support people living with dementia, their families and the communities in which they live.

The strategy has been developed by NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group and Northumberland County Council in partnership with health and social-care providers.

Northumberland has a growing elderly population with 20 per cent of its residents aged 65 and over. This is set to rise to 31 per cent by 2031. The county also has the second highest number of people diagnosed with dementia in the North East.

Resources are being re-focused to help prevent dementia by encouraging healthy lifestyles and awareness of risk factors, encourage people to seek a timely diagnosis and offer high-quality support to people with dementia and those that care for them.

Coun Scott Dickinson, chairman of the Northumberland health and wellbeing board, said: “We want support to be consistent throughout the county, for communities to become dementia-friendly and to help those living with dementia to live as well as they can in their local community which is familiar to them.”