Dementia Action Partnership

One year on

 

The Dementia Action Partnership launched in May 2021. 

This week we mark a year since health and wellbeing leads from the county’s voluntary, health and public sector, and dementia action alliances, came together with the shared goal of improving lives of people with dementia and their carers by working to create a Dementia Friendly Suffolk. 

Over 30 different organisations have met over the past year, co-ordinating dementia friendly action including dementia training for staff, running local support groups, influencing business and organisations to be more aware of the needs of people living with dementia.  To help understand why this is important, the below video gives an insight into how person with dementia sees the world:

Find out more about the Dementia Action Partnership here (Item 8).

In 2020 there were around 13,000 people with dementia living in Suffolk. By 2040 it is likely to be around 21,000. Nearly half the people living with dementia in Suffolk are undiagnosed. Read more about Dementia in Suffolk:

When we get ill: dementia - Healthy Suffolk

 

Impact of the partnership

Here's what some of the partners had to say about the success of the Dementia Action Partnership in its first year: 

Community Action Suffolk: Through attendance at training courses our volunteers have increased their knowledge of dementia and gained understanding on how to help individuals they support. Support groups have helped both the individual with dementia and their carers

East Suffolk Council: Our ongoing support of local residents throughout the pandemic, lockdown, and ensuring people could access the necessary support services when necessary.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council: Having the Together Tuesday session has impacted in a positive way, it has given an opportunity to break down rural isolation, connect with people in the same circumstances as they are, access to information for further support and help.

Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers: By bringing people together we have seen the impact of collaboration, of peer support and exchanges in ideas and positive person centred solutions

Stowmarket Dementia Action Alliance: As Chair, I would like to thank all members, and those who delivered our projects in another challenging year and to all the funders who have given towards our work.  We should be very proud of all of the work we have achieved, showing we continue to actively work towards being a dementia friendly town and community.

 

Alzheimer's Society:

 

Living with dementia at any time brings challenges. But you're not alone. If you need support and advice, visit alzheimers.org.uk. 

The video below explains more about Dementia:

 

What is it like to live with Dementia in Suffolk? 

HealthWatch Suffolk are working with a local network of leaders and organisations (the Dementia Action Partnership) to explore the experiences of people living with dementia, and their carers.

This is your chance to shape support for dementia in Suffolk. Please take part if you can, and share this page with other people whose lives have been affected by dementia.

 

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