Did you know there are over 10,000 people living with dementia in North Wales?
What is dementia?The term dementia describes symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem solving or language. There are many different types of dementia. The most common is Alzheimer’s disease but there are many other causes too.
We at North Wales Regional Partnership Board aim to improve health and well-being for everyone across North Wales. We want to ensure everyone has the support they need. Our Dementia Strategy has seven priorities to support people living with dementia namely;
- We want to reduce the risk of dementia and delay it
- We want to raise awareness and understanding
- We want people to recognise and identify dementia better
- We want to improve assessment and diagnosis
- We want to support people with dementia to live as well as possible
- We want to increase support
- We want to support carers
Dementia can affect anyone, from any background or culture, but it mostly affects older people.
Dementia Action Week is a national event that sees the people of North Wales and the UK taking action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia that will take place on 17 – 23 May.
Through our website and social media; during the week we’ll be sharing stories from people living with Dementia and how carers are affected. There’ll be the sharing of information advising you of the support available in your locality along with many other highlights.
The event is open to everyone, from individuals, workplaces to communities. From displaying posters to wearing “Denim for Dementia” and becoming a “Dementia Friend”, there are many ways to get involved.
Looking to the future, one in three of us born in North Wales today will go on to develop Dementia in our lifetime,
We all have a role to play in making North Wales a Dementia-friendly place to live and that’s what Dementia Action Week is all about.
Further information at:
Luke Pickering-Jones, Dementia Project Manager