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Local Businesses To Get Advice On Dealing With Dementia


7:44am 11th January 2013

Over £100,000 is being spent on educating local businesses and organisations in Dorset on how to help people with Dementia.

They'll receive training, funded by the NHS, to help them understand how the condition may affect their customers.

The County Council and Alzheimer's Society are among eight of the organisations involved in the project.

More than 8,000 people in Dorset are currently diagnosed with Dementia, and that number is set to rise to 135,000 by 2030.

Dr Paul French, a local GP and lead on this project told WESSEX FM:

"More and more people are living with dementia and we need to make sure that we are able to support people to continue to be part of and live in the community that is familiar to them. We want to work with communities to raise awareness, reduce stigma and help them to understand the needs and difficulties of people living with dementia and their carers. We want to work with the whole community including local churches, shops and banks and other providers of care for people with dementia and we will be looking for organisations to step forward to work with us. We believe that this will improve the lives of people who have dementia both now and in the future".

Cllr Andrew Cattaway, Cabinet member for adult social care at Dorset County Council, concluded:  "We are seeing some very exciting changes to dementia care in Dorset, including better support that people can access if they have dementia or care for someone with dementia.

"However, there is still much to be done, particularly around improving attitudes.  The additional funding will help us improve awareness and understanding of the condition so people with dementia can look forward to a better experience when they are out in the local community."

Organisations who would like to learn more can contact the Alzheimer's Society by calling 01202 716393.

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