Dementia Action Alliance
In March 2012, the Prime Minister raised the profile of dementia by setting his Dementia Challenge, which was to deliver major improvements in dementia care and research by 2015. In that challenge there was a commitment to the development of dementia friendly communities across the UK. A dementia friendly community is one where people with dementia are enabled to live as independently as possible and to continue to be part of their community, but at the same time, are met with understanding and given support when they need it.
Hampshire has been at the forefront of the Dementia Friendly Communities work nationally and conducted a pilot in the north of the county in 2012. The purpose of the pilot was to explore what developing a ‘dementia friendly community’ might mean in practice and what steps Hampshire would need to take to begin to bring it into being. As part of this work, some practical tools were developed.