Received from DementiaUK
On March 26th, the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Health launched a new challenge on dementia, the aim of which is to deliver major improvements in dementia care and research. A key focus of this initiative is the creation of dementia friendly communities across England over the next few years.
In a recent poll only 5% said that society is geared up to deal with people who have dementia. This figure points to a massive challenge and a call to action across the whole of society to create dementia friendly communities that understand how to help.
The Department of Health are therefore very interested in understanding the views of family carers on creating dementia friendly communities, in particular the following issues:
- What could be done to raise awareness and understanding of dementia within communities?
- What barriers do people with dementia and their carers face when wanting to participate and access services in their local community?
- What changes should organisations make in order to become dementia friendly?
- What should communities do to make their area more dementia friendly? Which bodies and organisations should be responsible?
- What should be the main factors to determine whether a city, town, or village is dementia friendly?
- What examples of dementia friendly communities are already going on? What changes or initiatives have made a big difference?
If you would like to share your views on this issue then please use the following link, where you can leave comments and also read the views of other people: http://dementiachallenge.dh.gov.uk/2012/05/28/dementiafriendlyquestion/ The site will be closed on 31st July, but already there are several comments which have generated discussion.
We do hope this is of interest to you and that you can take the time to go to the website. If you do respond then please let us know so we can invite you to similar opportunities in the future.