Dementia is a gradual, terminal condition causing a widespread loss of mental functions and severely affecting a person's ability to carry out previously simple daily activities.
Dementia can affect people of any age but is most common in older people. It is estimated more than 7,600 people in County Durham aged over 65 have dementia.
There are various disorders and factors that contribute to the development of dementia. The five most common forms of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia. Lewy body dementia, Vascular dementia, and mixed dementia.
Our priorities are:
- People with dementia are supported to live in their own home / community for as long as possible
- Appropriate support, signposting and services are available to people with dementia and their carers.
- Communities, public services and providers are supported to achieve dementia friendly status.
- Ensure sustainable funding is available for the County Durham Dementia Advisor Services.
- Continue to promote the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle in helping to reduce the risk of developing certain types of dementia later in life.
- Ensure appropriate support is available to those caring for people with dementia.
- Support communities to offer services for people with dementia and their carers across the County.
- Working with health, all voluntary and third sector organisations across the County to align priorities to achieve best outcomes for people with dementia and their carers and identify gaps in service provision.
- Increase dementia training for those working with people with dementia and their carers.
- Ensure we have support available to help make the communities across County Durham dementia friendly.
- Less people will develop certain types of dementia later in life due to their healthier lifestyle.
- More people with dementia and their carers are supported to live well in their own homes. Those people with dementia who are being cared for in community or care settings are cared for by properly trained staff and carers.
- Those that have a diagnosis of dementia are directed to the most appropriate support at the right time.
- Services and support across health and social care are seamless for people with dementia and their carers.
Find out more about this subject in the related Objectives, Goals, Initiatives and Metrics (OGIM) document on Durham County Council’s Committee Services website under the Heath and Wellbeing Board meeting agenda item for 24 November 2021.
We are keen to hear your views on the content of the plan, including our priorities and the measures we have identified to understand if we are making a difference. Please complete the form below, to provide your views and comments, and these will be passed to the person responsible for this chapter.