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Dorset Health Groups and Councils Team Up To Deal with Memory Loss

NHS

12:55pm 29th August 2014

A new service has been set up to provide a single Dorset-wide Memory Support and Advisory service for anyone with memory loss or diagnosed with dementia.

NHS Dorset CCG, Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough or Poole have teamed up with Alzheimer's Society to provide the new service, launching on 1st September, which will include one-to one support, memory cafes and training for carers.

Dr Paul French from NHS Dorset CCG said: "We are pleased to be working together with our local authority partners and Alzheimer's Society to provide this new service. We are investing in this service as it is estimated that there are over 13,000 people affected by dementia in Dorset, and that figure is set to rise.

"It is important to offer another option to help GPs to support their patients to live well and independently for as long as possible, and also support the unsung heroes, their carers".

They will also support the creation of dementia friendly communities across the county people living with their community can spot signs of dementia and support people.

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