Dementia Action Week takes place from Monday 20 to Sunday 26 May. Picture: Matteo Vistocco
Dementia Action Week takes place from Monday 20 to Sunday 26 May. Picture: Matteo Vistocco

Why you should support Dementia Action Week

Dementia affects thousands of people living in Hull.

There are estimated to be more than 2,900 people living with dementia in the city.

About 1,800 are formally diagnosed and recorded on GP dementia registers.

And both of these figures are expected to increase by up to 1,000 by 2020.

And as this week is Dementia Action Week, the Alzheimer’s Society has produced a thought-provoking video, where children interview people with dementia to allow others to see the person for who they are.

Watch the video below:

Councillor Gwen Lunn, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for adult services, said: “In Hull, we do a wealth of work around dementia awareness.

“In 2017, we designed a training scheme for taxi drivers to build their awareness in how to support a customer with dementia. Our ultimate aim is to make Hull a dementia friendly city – but we can only do this with the involvement from people with dementia and their families, and the businesses and organisations in the city.”

The council also delivers a dementia mapping service that offers a unique approach to assessing, diagnosing and supporting those with dementia.

An observational framework developed at the University of Bradford, which records quality of life and quality of care from the perspective of the person living with dementia.

The dementia care mapping is central to improving the quality of care for people with dementia.

It is closely aligned with the national dementia strategy on living well with dementia that aims to improve awareness, earlier diagnosis and intervention, and higher quality of care.

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