[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 1 Issue 12, July 2011].
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Local Statistical Predictions
This brief consultation document begins with a demographic analysis of dementia in Wolverhampton. It is estimated that 2,981 people have dementia in Wolverhampton; which is approximately 7.4% of Wolverhampton’s population of older persons.
The number of older people in Wolverhampton could increase by 30% in the next 20 years. The number of people affected aged 85 and over could rise by 78%. There will be increasing numbers of older black and minority ethnic (BME) people in this figure.
The number of people in Wolverhampton with dementia is expected to increase by about 45% over the next twenty years to 4,308 people.
Wolverhampton’s Draft Joint Dementia Strategy
A wide-ranging strategy has been developed. This draws on guidance from the Department of Health’s Living well with dementia : A National Dementia Strategy, consultation with regional and local experts, plus help and advice from residents with dementia and their carers.
The Draft Joint Dementia Strategy from Wolverhampton City Council and Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust explains how the city will meet the objectives identified by the National Dementia Strategy. There are four priority areas (plus a fifth of lower priority):
- Good quality early diagnosis and intervention.
- Improved quality of life for people in general hospitals.
- Living well with dementia in care homes.
- Reduced use of antipsychotic medication.
- Broader horizons, wider issues.
Click on each of the above links to explore a summary of progress to date and plans for future local initiatives in further detail.
A Joint Dementia Strategy for Wolverhampton: Consultation, 16 May 2011 – 8 August 2011. Wolverhampton: Wolverhampton City Council [and] Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust, Summer 2011.