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Dementia friendly Kingston

Dementia friendly Kingston

A new Dementia Development programme has been launched, aimed at achieving the local vision for the borough, whereby ‘people with dementia and their carers and families feel Kingston is a place where they can live well in the community, and is one of the best boroughs in the country for dementia care and support.’

The creation of ‘dementia friendly communities’ has been declared by the UK government to be a national priority. Indeed, this is a global movement which recognises that if more people are going to be living with dementia for longer, then in local communities we have to adapt and respond to meet the needs of those people to make sure we can all enjoy a decent quality of life.

Working with a new Dementia Action Alliance, made up of local care providers, voluntary sector organisations and businesses, and with funding from Kingston CCG, Staywell is putting plans in place to establish Kingston’s status as a Dementia Friendly Borough.

New Dementia Development Workers, Lene Wood and Ellie Evans, will work with the community and the Alliance to educate people and to foster a borough of understanding and tolerance.

You can read more about this in issue 29 of staywell news.

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