Project aims to create a dementia friendly community

A new project is aiming to make North Tyneside a dementia friendly community.

Age UK North Tyneside and North Tyneside Council have teamed up with the aim of making the borough a place for people with dementia to live a good life.

There is currently 2,500 people living with dementia in North Tyneside and this number is expected to rise.

Alma Caldwell, chief executive of Age UK North Tyneside

The project will initially focus on the Wallsend area and will then be rolled out across the borough.

Information sessions and events will help people understand the disease while organisations and residents will be asked to think how they can help people with dementia to live well in their community.

Events and activities will be held during Dementia Awareness Week – May 18 to 24 – to raise the issue in Wallsend, before the project will be rolled out over the following ten months, establishing a North Tyneside Dementia Action Alliance and registering as a Dementia Friendly Community.

Alma Caldwell, chief executive of Age UK North Tyneside, said: “There is currently 2,500 people living with dementia in North Tyneside and this number is expected to rise.

“We want to do the best we can to help people affected by this illness and give them peace of mind that are in living in a safe and friendly community.”

Jacqui Old, director of adult social services at the council, said: “In an ageing population, more of us will experience dementia, either personally or through the experience of a spouse, parent, grandparent or other relative or friend.

“Many people with dementia and their carers are still not living well with the condition.

“We see this joint project as an excellent opportunity to support people with dementia and their carers to live well and stay independent within their community for a long as possible.”

To get involved in this project or for more information contact Age UK North Tyneside on (0191) 280 8484.