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First specialist dementia advisors start work

People with dementia and their families will get more support throughout the course of the illness as the first dementia advisors start work from today.

Demonstrator sites, announced by Care Services Minister Phil Hope, will kick off in 22 areas around the country. An additional 18 sites will test different kinds of support networks for families and carers.

The advisors will act as a guide to help people with dementia and their families navigate the care and support system throughout their illness. They will help provide easy access to care, support and advice.

The sites piloting support networks will test different ways of providing local practical and emotional support for people with dementia and their carers and give them an opportunity to take an active role in developing local services.

Some of the services that will be piloted include dementia cafes – places where people with dementia and their carers can meet up -  and a simple social networking site which will allow people with dementia to network with others.

Several of the demonstrator sites will also focus on working with harder to reach minority groups such as people with learning difficulties, BME groups and people who do not speak English.

The Care Services Minister made the announcement while visiting the Croydon Memory Clinic -  an example of the memory clinics which will be set up across the country to ensure early diagnosis and intervention.

Neil Hunt, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society said:

“Today marks the beginning of an exciting period of transformation in dementia care as we begin to see the promises of the National Dementia Strategy put into action. Demonstrator sites will explore the best ways of reaching out and supporting people living with dementia.

"The Alzheimer's Society is pleased to be a part of such positive projects that have the potential to change the lives of thousands of people.”

DH Dementia Strategy