Bradford Council launches five year dementia strategy

A dementia strategy for the Bradford district has been launched following the most comprehensive strategic needs assessment carried out by a local authority.

Bradford Council has been working with Oxford University and the London School of Economics as well as partners from the across the district to assess how dementia impacts on people’s lives.

The results haveinformed a series of recommendations that aim to reduce the impact of dementia and help improve care for those with the illness over the next five years.

The strategy will project the extent of the disease across different ages and communities in the district as well as offer a series of recommendations.

These will include measure to help please change lifestyle factors to reduce their chances of getting the disease, helping those with dementia stay in their homes for longer and improving care home provision.

Cllr David Green, Council Leader and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “The welfare of vulnerable people is a priority for the district and addressing health inequalities.

"Bradford district is leading the way in developing a number of dementia friendly programmes and the actions that come from this strategy will make a real difference to people’s lives.

“The work being carried out in Bradford is pioneering and at the forefront of dementia research which will enable other local authorities to develop their own strategies.

Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Consultant in Public Health for Bradford Council, said:

“One in three cases of dementia is the result of bad lifestyle choices. Quitting smoking, improving your diet and getting enough exercise at a younger age, could help prevent people getting dementia in the first place.

“We’re also looking at how we can improve the quality of life for those with the disease by allowing people with dementia to stay in their own homes for as long as possible and further improving the care they get.”

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