Dementia
Living Well with Dementia – A National Dementia Strategy was published in 2009. It set the standard for improving the lives of people with dementia and their families and carers through improved awareness, earlier diagnosis and intervention and a higher quality of care.
In 2012, the Prime Minister published his Challenge on Dementia encouraging us to push further and faster in improving the lives of people with dementia.
 
Locally we are committed to improving the outcomes that people with dementia and their carers have identified as important through the National Dementia Action Declaration for England which are:

  • I have personal choice and control or influence over the decisions about me
  • I know that services are designed around me and my needs
  • I have support that helps me live my life
  • I have the knowledge and know-how to get what I need
  • I live in an enabling and supportive environment where I feel valued and understood
  • I have a sense of belonging and of being a valued part of family, community and civic life
  • I know there is research going on which delivers a better life for me now and hope for the future.             

Since the publication of the National Dementia Strategy in 2009, significant progress has been made in improving services and outcomes for people with dementia and their carers, but more still needs to be done.
 
We are clear that dementia is a condition that needs to be understood not only by health and social care organisations but by the whole of society as well, making dementia ‘everybody’s business.’
 
We recognise that the stigma still felt by some people with dementia discourages them from seeking the help and support they need and exacerbates feelings of loneliness and isolation.
 
We want people to experience care and support that is personalised and coordinated, delivered in the right place at the right time and we will continue to work in partnership to achieve this.
"One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia. In England in 2012, 670,000 people have dementia – this number will double in the next 30 years "Prime Minister’s Challenge on dementia
Dementia Strategy 2014 - 2016
This paper describes our high-level strategy, which will be underpinned by local action plans.

It covers all types of dementia – the term which describes a set of symptoms that include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. The most common types are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

Please click on the link below to read Dementia strategy.
Living well with dementia in Devon – making progress 2014-2016Click here to download this file
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Useful links
Devon County Council - DementiaAlzheimer's Society - Devon Dementia Support ServiceAlzheimer's Society - services in DevonAlzheimer's Society - services in PlymouthDevon memory cafe listClick here to download this file
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Dementia Friends
All NHS NEW Devon CCG staff are being actively encouraged to become Dementia Friends. Information sessions on how to become one are being offered to everyone.  

For information on Dementia Friends please click on the link below: 
Dementia Friends website
Contact Us:
Windsor House
Tavistock Road
Plymouth
PL6 5UF
Telephone: 01752 398754
Email: D-CCG.DementiaAndOPMH@nhs.net
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