The increasing numbers of people with dementia is a cause for concern nationally, as outlined in the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia [PDF document].

Locally Darlington and County Durham have worked together to produce the Dementia Strategy for County Durham and Darlington [PDF document] which sets out the plans for how both these areas will support people with dementia and their carers.

More services and support are becoming available for people with dementia and their carers. The range of services is quite varied, and complex support packages can be built up where they are needed, by combining a variety of different services that come from a range of sources including social care and support.

Support is also available if you are caring for someone with dementia. Many people do not see themselves as carers, as to them the caring relationship is just part of their normal everyday life, as a son or daughter, husband or wife. As a result, they don't often realise there may be help and support available for them and the person they care for. Carers can also request an assessment of their own needs as a carer. More information can also be found on the Carers Trust website [external link].

More information on Alzheimer's and Dementia can be found on the Support Directory

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