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A recent event to support people living with dementia in Warwick District was attended by over 65 people living with the illness, carers and family members as well as representatives from more than 20 different support organisations.

The event took place on 24 May during Dementia Action Week at Dormer Place Conference Centre and was organised by Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action in partnership with the Pam Britton Trust for Dementia, Warwickshire County Council and Warwick District Council. People living with dementia, carers and family members had a valuable opportunity to share their ideas and experiences with others, engage with support organisations and participate in a range of activities and workshops.

One of the key aims of the event was to establish a dementia action network for Warwick District to further improve the support available to people living with dementia, carers and family members.

Opening the event, Councillor Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health commented: “By 2020 around a fifth of people over 80 years of age will be living with dementia. Working across the sectors, but in particular with our Voluntary and Community Sector partners, we need to provide support and services to allow people to live well with dementia, to receive support following a diagnosis of dementia and to do everything they can to allow them to live in their homes, independently, for the longest time possible.”

Also speaking at the event, Tony Britton from the Pam Britton Trust reflected on his own experiences of caring for his wife who lived with dementia: “We need all of the agencies responsible for commissioning health services to take their focus on dementia up a level, to fully engage with those who have real experience of dementia care and to put the patient and carer at the centre of planning. This event is a step in the right direction, but there is much, much more to be done.”

Further details about the event and the dementia action network can be obtained from Andrea Hammond, Locality Manager at Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action. Email andrea@wcava.org.uk. Telephone 01926 477512.

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