Dementia Awareness Week (DAW), which runs from the 15 to the 21 May 2016, will highlight the work taking place over the next five years to revolutionise the experiences of people affected by dementia in Greater Manchester (GM).

DAW_2016_Logo_RGBFollowing Greater Manchester’s historic devolution agreement, improving dementia care and support has been identified as a health and social care priority. Across Greater Manchester there are over 30,000 people living with dementia.

Events encouraging people who are worried about dementia to confront their worries by addressing dementia directly and seeking support will be taking place throughout Greater Manchester throughout the week.

For example, a Walk and Talk Group will take place in Sale on the 17th, while Dementia Friendship events are taking place in Manchester, Stockport and Rochdale – for details of all the events, visit: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/remembertheperson

The activity will build on long-term plans for Dementia care in the region, as Dementia United (DU) aims to make Greater Manchester the best place in the world for people with dementia and carers to live, by 2020.

Over the next five years Dementia United hopes to work with partners from across the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs/localities, as well as people with dementia and carers, voluntary sector groups, providers, academic organisations and businesses to meet this ambition. The aims of the programme are to; improve the lived experience for those living with dementia and carers, along with reducing the dependence on health and social care provision.

Dementia United LogoTo deliver this, the DU programme is likely to include piloting a key worker model; developing new assistive technology; regularly monitoring and comparing data from across GM to reduce vast differences in dementia care; and ensuring people with dementia and carers are at the heart of designing the programme.

Dementia initiatives already underway in many areas, with success already being seen through initiative such as the Salford Way dementia app, which has been launched by Salford CVS.

Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, who is leading on the DU programme across GM, said:

“The role that boroughs across GM, including Salford will play in delivering DU cannot be underestimated.

“There is a huge amount of good work around dementia already underway across GM. By working together, we can ensure that every person with dementia and every ca
rer gets the high quality support and care they deserve, no matter where they live.

“Together, we can make GM a world leader when it comes to dementia.”

Lord Peter Smith, Chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Board, said:

“Across Greater Manchester a number of voluntary groups are working closely with professionals to help transform the lives of those living with Dementia, by improved integration and more collaborative working. We have ambitions to revolutionise the experiences of people affected by dementia and make Greater Manchester the best place in the world for people with dementia and carers to live, by 2020.

“Initiatives such as Dementia Awareness Week are crucial in raising awareness of the issues and the opportunities to make a real difference.”

George McNamara, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

“The theme of this year’s Dementia Awareness Week is confronting dementia and nowhere is this being illustrated better, than here in GM.

“By using these newly devolved powers to transform the experiences of people with dementia and carers, GM and Salford are harnessing the opportunity to create a new blueprint for dementia care for the rest of the country.”

For details of all the events that are taking place in Greater Manchester as part of Dementia Awareness week, visit: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/remembertheperson

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