Alzheimer's Society Calderdale
Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading support, care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. The Calderdale Alzheimer's Society provides practical services and support for people with dementia, their family and carers.
- 1 December 2014
- Local Alliances:
- Calderdale Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
We provide information and support for those with any form of dementia and their family, friends and carers.
We advise and train professionals working in the field, fund research, run quality support and campaign for improved health and social care and greater public understanding of dementia.
We work in partnership with other organisations both in Health, Social care, voluntary and private sector to ensure that support is always there for people with dementia and there carers.
We work with partners to support people to receive a timely diagnosis, that the condition is understood, and that people with dementia have the same rights as other members of society.
We will achieve this through funding scientific breakthroughs, strengthening communities by increasing understanding of the needs of people with dementia and their family, friends and carer and striving to put an end to discrimination and stigma.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
The Calderdale Alzheimer's Society provides practical services and support for people with dementia, their family and carers.
As part of the 2012 dementia challenge
Nearly two thirds of people with dementia do not always feel a part of the community
61% of people with dementia reported that they felt lonely always or some of the time
44% of respondents felt they had lost friends after receiving a diagnosis
45% of respondents reported that they felt like a burden to their family
77% of people with dementia also reported that they felt anxious or depressed.
Develop quality information and support services
We will continue to develop quality information and support services in Calderdale for people with dementia, their carers and families through local information and support services, our website, and help lines. We will engage with Health, Social care, voluntary sector and private sector to ensure our services are shared and people with dementia and carers have the information they require to live well with Dementia.
We will work with BME voluntary sector groups to raise awareness about dementia within their communities
Raising the awareness of dementia
Roadshows that go into the community so people can find out more about dementia, awareness raising events that tie in with Dementia Awareness week, press releases, communicating with partners to raise awareness about our education programme, groups, dementia adviser service, support services and events.
Actively Promote Membership and Benefits of DAA
We will continue to support the benefits and development of Calderdale DAA through being an active member of the Calderdale DAA steering group. We will continue to work collaboratively towards Calderdale being a dementia friendly community. As steering group members we will actively engage with local business, community and voluntary groups to encourage membership of the Calderdale DAA. We will also support local business and voluntary groups in developing action plans to ensure they achieve the status of being a dementia friendly organisation/business
Put people with dementia and carers at the forefront of our work.
We will facilitate the views of people with dementia and their carers and families and will ensure that key professionals are aware of the issues faced by people with dementia and those that care for them in the Calderdale area