Lambeth Dementia Action Alliance
Dementia is now the leading cause of death for women in Lambeth and the second leading cause for men. It is certainly the most feared. There is no cure for dementia, but there are benefits from early diagnosis. Once diagnosed people living with dementia can plan appropriately for their future and get the right support for themselves and for their carers.
In October 2017 Age UK Lambeth hosted Lambeth's first dementia friendly workshop as part of its Celebrating Age Festival. Attendees discussed the questions “What should a dementia friendly borough look like?" and "What are the key issues surrounding people living with dementia in Lambeth?" To answer these questions and create change locally, workshop participants decided to form the Lambeth Dementia Action Alliance which brings together local organisations that are committed to making Lambeth a ‘dementia friendly community’ by 2023.
The Lambeth DAA has developed an action plan to work with local businesses, traders, schools and local organisations to take practical steps to make Lambeth a dementia friendly community over the next three years. There are five Priorities:
Priority 1. Increase awareness and understanding of dementia and the risk factors – particularly among Lambeth’s African and Caribbean communities and younger people
Priority 2. Ensure a good spread of dementia-friendly social and leisure activities and facilities across the borough
Priority 3. Increase the number of dementia-friendly Lambeth businesses and services
Priority 4. Encourage coordinated dementia-friendly health and care in Lambeth primary, secondary and social care services, including carers support
Priority 5. Develop the DAA with local residents and partners, and communicate its work