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Plymouth Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading support, care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide information and support for those with any form of dementia and their carers. We advise and train professionals working in the field, fund research, run quality support and care services, and campaign for improved health and social care and greater public understanding of dementia.

23 June 2014
South West
Recreation, Care, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Plymouth 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 work in partnership with others to ensure that support is always there for people with dementia and that people 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 the contribution of carers 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?

Dementia is higher on the public and political agenda than it has ever been. We have seen action across England to begin implementing the National Dementia Strategy. The task at hand now is to use that strong position and build on the momentum achieved by creating a broad group of individuals and organisations committed to action. 

Public awareness of dementia is rising but understanding about dementia is still not as positive as it could be. There is limited public understanding that it is possible to live well with dementia and to make big differences to quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.

People with dementia are not diagnosed as early as they could be and families often report not receiving the information and support they need to begin living well with dementia. People with dementia often face social isolation.

There is a limited amount of funding going into dementia research compared to other major disease groups like cancer. 

In a difficult economic climate we need to clearly make the case for action on dementia to achieve better outcomes in a cost effective way.

Most importantly we need to work with people with dementia, their carers and families to understand what matters most to them in order to transform quality of life for all people living with dementia.

2. Actions

  • Development of a new Dementia Support Service within Plymouth

    Locally the development of a new Dementia Support Service within Plymouth working in partnership with the Memory Service at Mount Gould, with GP surgeries and other health professionals

  • Offering individuals information and guidance

    Offering individuals awaiting diagnosis or newly diagnosed with dementia a named dementia support worker able to offer support, information and guidance.

    This is an on-going action for the Dementia Support Service

  • Singing for the Brain

    Newly developed Singing for the Brain in Plymstock due to the popularity of the City Centre group

  • To develop a leadership group within the Plymouth area

    To develop a leadership group within the Plymouth area for individuals living with dementia to develop and review services, focusing on active participation and ensuring their voices are heard.

  • To develop new services in line with the leadership group

    Group Co-ordinator to develop new services in line with the leadership group and other individuals wishes and aims.

  • Increase the reach of Plymouth Dementia Support Service

    The Plymouth Dementia Support Service to continue to reach people within the city living with dementia. Our aim is to expand on existing referral routes to ensure we increase the numbers reached.

    Being implemented
  • To increase uptake of the Befriending Service

    Befriending Manager to work towards effective befriending in various formats including community and telephone.

    Being implemented
  • Continue to develop service user involvement

    To promote the voice of people with dementia through the Leadership Group, 1-1 opinion sourcing, group support.  

    Being implemented