Team united against dementia

Up the Quays without a paddle…

In May, as part of Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Awareness Week 2017, Dementia United’s Project Management Office, Haelo, took part in Age UK Salford’s Good Life Festival and “rowed” for Dementia.

Dementia is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer. But awareness and understanding remains low and many families are facing it alone. The Good Life Festival held at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre, Salford Quays, was an awareness event to highlight the services available for people ...

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Making Greater Manchester dementia friendly

In July 2017, over 130 people affected by dementia from across Greater Manchester’s 10 boroughs came together to challenge Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, to take actions that would make the city-region more dementia friendly. 

This was Greater Manchester’s largest ever conversation with people affected by dementia and their voices were at the heart of it, coordinated by the Alzheimer’s Society. They challenged the Mayor to take action on health and social care, transport, housing, social ...

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Dementia-United

£2m funding boost to make Greater Manchester the best place to live with dementia

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have announced a new dementia strategy.

Today, there are nearly 270,000 people living with dementia across Greater Manchester at an estimated cost to the region of around £270m per year. Just under half of this is spent by people living with dementia (and their families) to pay for help with everyday tasks that are provided by professional care workers – such as washing, dressing and eating.

In addition to this, ...

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New dementia toolkit is an Aladdin’s cave of information

Dementia Interactive Care Pathway Toolkit provides a one-stop shop resource for professionals working in dementia care.

Following a partnership between academia, the NHS and the third sector, clinicians can now access a free toolkit containing a comprehensive roadmap and resources for the care of people with dementia.

The Dementia Interactive Care Pathway Toolkit maps out a care pathway a dementia patient will follow and provides an aide-memoire for the services and support needed from diagnosis to end-of-life care.

The toolkit’s invaluable compendium of resources ...

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Connecting People with People

Social connections are important at all levels of human life. Nowadays we are connected in so many ways; language, culture, family, friends and local community. Technological developments have introduced a new layer of connectivity; the internet, social media, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and of course mobile smartphones to name but a few.

In an effort to make Greater Manchester the best place to live with dementia; cafes, restaurants, bars, medical and health services, sports, leisure, housing, community groups, private businesses and ...

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Living with dementia and your rights

Inspiring speaker at Dementia United’s anniversary event: the journey continues, shares her story of being diagnosed with early onset dementia and her nine ideas on how people living with dementia should be treated.

Held on 11 November 2016 at Haelo Hosts, Maria Walsh gave a powerful account and insight into her life living with dementia and ways to live a better life with the condition.

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DU Localities

Spotlight on Localities

Dementia United is connecting the 10 metropolitan boroughs (localities) of Greater Manchester to make the region the best place in the world for dementia care.

An initial baseline survey of what dementia services are currently being delivered in different localities, and how well they do against the outcomes has been undertaken across Greater Manchester in July 2016.

The survey provided a high-level view and from this, a first version of a locality profile has ...

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Dementia United Standards

The Greater Manchester Standards have been developed by building on evidence base and local guidance, and through co-design with the People with Dementia and Carers Expert Group. These standards are what every person affected by dementia and living in Greater Manchester should expect and accompany the five pledges of the Dementia United. 

 

The intention has been to pick a small number of important issues which Dementia United can make collective progress on, rather than attempting to be a comprehensive list, ...

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Dementia United One Year On

Dementia United: The journey continues

Greater Manchester’s aims to be the best place in the world to live with dementia received a boost as a number of successes were celebrated last week.

The one-year anniversary of the Dementia United (DU) programme ‘soft launch’ was marked in an event where examples of the excellent work that has taken place during 2015 and 2016 were highlighted.

People living with dementia joined health and social care professionals, academic professional and representatives from housing providers ...

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