Dementia: Community Programme

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th March 2019.

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Photo of Mark Menzies Mark Menzies Conservative, Fylde

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to support the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia-friendly communities programme.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Dementia remains a key priority for the Government. We will implement the Government’s Challenge on Dementia 2020, published in February 2015, in full to make sure the lives of those with dementia are transformed by 2020. Working with our partners, we continue to make progress against the ambitions set out in the March 2016 Implementation Plan which details how the commitments in the Challenge, across the four core themes of risk reduction, health and care, awareness and social action, and research will be met.

The Challenge committed to over half of the population of people in England living in areas that have been recognised as dementia friendly communities in line with the guidance developed by Alzheimer’s Society. Working with our partners, we are making great strides in establishing dementia friendly communities. So far 346 areas in England have signed up to become dementia friendly communities.

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