Wyre Forest District Council has pledged to take action on dementia and joined the Dementia Action Alliance.
Just under a thousand people in the Wyre Forest area are estimated to be living with dementia and this number is expected to rise as the population ages. The Dementia Action Alliance aims to bring about a society-wide response to dementia. It encourages and supports local communities and organisations to take practical action to enable people to live well with dementia.
The council has identified steps to take to become more dementia friendly. These include training and support for staff and councillors, awareness raising activities and identifying steps to help residents living with dementia in using council facilities and services.
Councillor Juliet Smith, Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Housing, said:
‘The number of people living with dementia is set to increase over future years. It is vital that the district council therefore takes action to adapt services appropriately.
I am looking forward to taking part in one of the Dementia Friends training sessions being organised for councillors and front line council staff, and finding out more about what we can do to help create a more dementia friendly Wyre Forest community.’
Along with other organisations, the council is now part of the Kidderminster Dementia Action Alliance, working collectively to improve the lives of people living with dementia. To find out more about the Dementia Action Alliance and Worcestershire Services for people affected by dementia please contact Worcestershire@alzheimers.org.uk , call the Worcestershire Office on 01905 621868 or visit www.dementiaaction.org.uk