Dementia without walls – Creating a dementia friendly York

October 24, 2012

Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Follow this link for the full-text of the report: Creating a dementia-friendly York

Date of publication: 4th October 2012

In a nutshell:   What does it take to become a dementia-friendly city?

The York Dementia Without Walls project looked into what’s needed to make York a good place to live for people with dementia and their carers.

Dementia-friendly communities can better support people in the early stages of their illness, maintaining confidence and boosting their ability to manage everyday life. Working with people with dementia, the research team investigated how local resources can be harnessed to this end, provided there is enough awareness.

As part of this project, the team also worked with groups of people with dementia to create a dementia-friendly summary of the research.

The project found that:

  • It’s about the whole community – we can all contribute and we can all gain.
  • We all need to understand better what it means to live with dementia. Training, information should be easy to access and well promoted.
  • It’s not just about new things – York already has so much to offer.
  • People with dementia should be central to planning for the future, and we also need to exploit the potential of technology to improve lives.

Length of publication:  68 pages

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Unlocking Diagnosis – Fewer than half the people thought to have dementia have been formally diagnosed

September 5, 2012

Source: All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG) – Alzheimer’s Society

Follow this link for the full report:  Unlocking Diagnosis: The key to improving the lives of people with dementia  and Website

Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell:   Fewer than half the people thought to have dementia have been formally diagnosed, and those with a diagnosis may have waited up to a year for it to have their condition confirmed. These are the startling reminders published in the all-party parliamentary group on dementia’s latest report, Unlocking diagnosis.

The report found that there were problems throughout the process of diagnosis. These problems included people having poor understanding of dementia and therefore not going to see their to doctor, the issues faced by GPs and memory specialists in diagnosing people with dementia, and the problems with the quality of support offered immediately following diagnosis. In particular, the inquiry heard a large volume of evidence on problems in the following areas:

  • Public education
  • Primary care
  • Variability in memory services
  • Post diagnosis support
  • Process of the inquiry

Length of publication: 47 pages