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As our population lives longer, more people are living with dementia. At the moment we estimate that 6,000 people aged 65 or over and more than 100 people aged under 65 are living with dementia in Bradford district and Craven. These numbers are expected to increase.

The Bradford and Airedale dementia strategy, 2015-2020 aims to improve life for people living with dementia, their families and carers by:

Our achievements in 2018/19:

Our aims for 2020:

A voice for people living with dementia and their carers

If you would like to be involved in improving care or tell commissioners about your experience please contact: engage@bradford.nhs.uk.

We support Dementia Action Week and World Dementia Day: #yhdementia.

What is dementia?

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Dementia

The term ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include:

  • loss of concentration and memory problems
  • mood and behaviour changes
  • difficulties with communication and reasoning

Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes.  Our risk of developing dementia increases as we get older. There is currently no cure for dementia, but there is medication and non-medicinal treatment that can make life better. 

People can and do live well with dementia. We are working to help people continue to live rewarding and independent lives.

Delirium

Older people and people living with dementia may develop delirium, or acute confusion. It is curable, but if it is not treated it can be life-threatening. Signs of delirium include:

  • increased confusion
  • changes in thinking and short attention span.

Delirium can develop quickly and is sometimes caused by an infection or by dehydration.

This short video demonstrates what delirium feels like and how it can be treated.

Preventing dementia

We can’t stop getting older, but evidence shows there are things we can do to help prevent dementia:

  • be physically active
  • eat healthily
  • don’t smoke
  • drink less alcohol
  • exercising the mind
  • take control of our health

Dementia: Reducing your risk, a leaflet from The Alzheimer’s Society, has more details.

CCG improvement and assessment framework

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Dementia diagnosis

3starSMALL

Three stars - better than the English average. Locally we have found almost 4 out of every 5 people estimated to have dementia. This result is among the best in England.

We are improving people’s understanding of dementia so they know when to ask their GP about memory assessment. We are training staff in care homes to spot the signs of dementia and we are reducing waiting times for memory assessment clinics.

Care planning

2starSMALL

Two stars – similar to the English average. Almost 4 out of every 5 people with a diagnosis have a care plan which has been reviewed in the last year.  This is similar the England average.

We aim to improve the quality of reviews and ensure they are meaningful to patients living with dementia and their carers.

What we are doing to improve care planning:

  1. we are working with community organisations to encourage people to plan for the future. This will help people with dementia to live happy and rewarding lives on their own terms
  2. we are encouraging GP practices to make appointments that are convenient for people with dementia and their family or carer
  3. we are making it easier for people to choose the health and social care they would like.

We are making it easier to receive care for mental and physical health conditions at a single appointment rather than visiting different clinics.