Living Well With Dementia
Dementia is a common condition that affects about 800,000 people in the UK. The risk of developing dementia increases as you get older, and the condition usually occurs in people over the age of 65. The area served by the practices that make up North Norfolk CCG has 28% of its population over 65, which is the highest proportion of any CCG in England. In Norfolk as a whole, there are an estimated 16,400 people who have dementia (either diagnosed or undiagnosed) , with the highest proportion of individuals with dementia residing in North Norfolk.
For this very reason one of our key objectives it so increase the rate of dementia diagnosis for our local population and work closely with partner organisation to develop Dementia-friendly community hubs.
Alzheimer's Research UK have produced a guide for people who are interested in reducing their risk of developing dementia.
More information on the free advice and support on offer to people with dementia is available here.
North Norfolk CCG has got together with a number of other organisations to produce a virtual information pack. The aim is to signpost people to the wide range of free help and support available following diagnosis and to provide answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Living Well With Dementia
NNCCG has developed a programme in conjunction with the following partner organisations to increase the rate of diagnosis and improve the range and capacity of local services to support individuals and their carers after diagnosis:
- Age UK Norfolk;
- Alzheimer's Society;
- Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust;
- Norfolk & Suffolk Dementia Alliance;
- Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust;
- Norfolk County Council;
- Aylsham Care Trust;
- Carers Agency Partnership now called Carers Matter Norfolk;
- Norfolk & Norwich University NHS Foundation Trust;
- Healthwatch Norfolk;
- North Norfolk District Council;
- Broadland District Council; and
- Wells Community Hospital Trust.
Since the programme began, diagnosis rates have improved to 61.1%, with no loss of impetus oncontinuing to increase this. We also continue to work with Acute Trusts and Memory Clinics so that systems are in place to rapidly notify a patient's GP once a positive diagnosis for dementia has been made. Our partner organisations have also been fundamental to the development of "dementia friendly communities" across North Norfolk with a view to breaking down the stigma surrounding the disease and lessening the feeling of isolation felt individuals affected by dementia and their carers. An Information Pack which will be offered to all local patients on diagnosis has been developed and more information is available here.
NN CCG has also produced a leaflet for patients in North Norfolk to signpost people living with Dementia and their carers to sources of local support. It is available for download by clicking on the image below. It is also available from GPs surgeries and by contacting NN CCG.
Public libraries in England run a Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme to support people with dementia and their carers. All titles on the dementia booklist can be reserved free of charge from any Norfolk library and borrowed for up to six weeks. More information is available here.
Lasting Power of Attorney
A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal agreement which allows you to appoint someone to make certain decisions on your behalf. The appointed person can manage your finances for you in the future if you reach a point where you are no longer able to make these types of decisions. You can also appoint a person to manage your health and welfare if you reach a point where you lack capacity to make decisions that are in your best interests. The Alzheimer's Society has a wealth of information available via their website about LPAs. Further details are also available within their FACTSHEET.
Dementia Friendly Communities
What does it mean to be a dementia friendly community?
The Dementia Friendly Communities programme focuses on improving inclusion and quality of life for people living with dementia. People within these communities will have a better understanding of dementia, be in a position to provide local help and advice to those who need it and empower those living with dementia to have more choice and control over their lives. Many villages within our community have taken steps towards becoming dementia-friendly, or have an ambition to do so. However this is a long road and we continue to strike to commission services which meet the needs of our local population.
The following video defines what it means to be a Dementia Friendly Community