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We will all be touched by dementia; how is Essex dealing with it?

February 7, 2018 12:12 PM
Originally published by Essex Liberal Democrats

older peopleNearly 20,000 people in Essex have a diagnosis of dementia; more live without a diagnosis, and the number will double over the next 20 years. This already costs Essex County Council over £50 million a year and a new strategy addresses many of the challenges being faced.

Essex, Southend and Thurrock councils have produced a joint Strategy "Let's talk Dementia". The joint strategy has nine priority areas for action:
• Prevention
• Finding Information and Advice
• Diagnosis and Support
• Living well with Dementia in the community
• Supporting Carers
• Reducing the risk of crisis
• Living well in long term care
• End of Life
• A Knowledgeable and Skilled Workforce

Commented Cllr. Stephen Robinson (Essex CC Lib Dem Spokesperson on Health) after the meeting that discussed the strategy, "This is a welcome development but, to be effective, it will need to be financed properly."

Links

Here is the summary report to Essex County Council on 7th February 2018.

Here is the full dementia strategy document.