Help us to Help Kent’s residents, to bring about a society wide response to dementia
There are currently over 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK. This figure is set to rise to one million by 2021 (Within Kent expected 25,000 by 2020) An estimated 22 million people in the UK have a family member or friend who has dementia.
In Kent we are working towards ‘Enabling’ people to continue their life as they wish to, as part of their community for as long as is practicable, and to make existing activities and provision more ‘inclusive’ for all. We have merged the Dementia Action Alliances (DAAs) with Dementia Friendly Communities (DFCs) and they are now working with primary actions to promote Dementia Friends and Intergenerational work in their areas.
In the larger Areas there are a number of smaller local forums which work together as a group towards a shared action plan and joint goals, as a forum they are members of the local DAA/DFC .
The development of our ‘grass roots’ dementia friendly community forums gives us the ability to work in new ways with communities, learning and developing as we go, increasing community cohesion and capacity.
Working together, towards shared goals, we are making good progress. Along with individual areas accomplishments, we have a number of Kent wide achievements such as:
- We now have more than 15000 dementia friends
- Dementia awareness is on many of our schools agenda
- Home care providers and care homes are working with us to improve staff awareness
Most importantly people living with a dementia diagnosis and local residents are working with us each step of our journey.
Everyone within the community has something to contribute and are all welcome to attend. It’s our work to understand how we can best involve people, at what level, and for what outcomes. Even small steps, in the right direction are steps worth taking.
If you would like to know more about working to make your area ‘Dementia Friendly’ or about any of the Dementia Action Alliances or Dementia Friendly Communities in Kent please contact the DFC Team.
Telephone 03000 415 483