Our plans for dementia services
The term ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that include;
- loss of concentration and memory problems,
- mood and behaviour changes and,
- problems with communication and reasoning.
These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, a series of small strokes or other neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease.
Around 60% of people with dementia have Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common type of dementia, around 20% have vascular dementia, which results from problems with the blood supply to the brain and many people have a mixture of the two. There are other less commons forms of dementia, for example dementia with Lewy bodies and fronto-temporal dementia.
Dementia is a growing challenge, as our population continues to age. After the age of 65, the chances of developing dementia doubles every five years. We need to continue to focus on this area as dementia has, and will continue to have, a huge impact on people living with the condition, their carers, families and society more generally.
Locally, our CCG is performing well in diagnosing people who have dementia and making sure that these people are recorded on GP registers. We want to build on this good work to make sure that there is equitable access to treatment and services for dementia. We are also looking at how we can improve support and treatment for those post-diagnosis. This involves working with our local partners, including Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and the local authority to redesign and transform services.