Local councils can help tackle dementia

02/03/2020

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and the University of Plymouth (UoP) are undertaking research to find out how parish and town councils can help communities support people with dementia and their families.   Councils can share their ideas by completing an online survey.  

A report will be published to offer all councils recommendations on what they can do to help make their communities healthier.

This cutting-edge research, led by Professor Ian Sherriff BEM, is an interesting opportunity to get more insight on what local councils are doing;  but more importantly, on how we can support them to level-up and help the most vulnerable in their communities.  

Cllr Sue Baxter, NALC Chairman

There are about 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia.  It can cause a strain on health services and for families and carers.  For the person living with dementia, it can mean loneliness, confusion and isolation. 

It is essential for those living in rural areas that local councils help to create a community where residents have an active lifestyle and feel safe and supported.

Link to the survey on the University of Plymouth's website