A new Dementia Atlas recently published by the Department of Health is really detailed and shows good news for Worthing residents.
Worthing is one of only two areas in West Sussex to be named as ‘Dementia Friendly Communities’ in which the community ‘shares responsibility for ensuring that people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community’. The other area in West Sussex is Crawley so we are the only town along the whole of the coastal Sussex area.
The Atlas looks at five categories covering dementia at all stages; Preventing Well, Diagnosing Well, Supporting Well, Living Well and Dying Well. Clicking on each one shows which areas in England achieve the highest rates through a simple graduated colour system showing darker blue colour for the higher percentages – although it’s not always good to be the highest! It takes a bit of zooming in sometimes but makes interesting and somewhat surprising reading in places. Rates for the whole of England can be compared and it gives a comprehensives picture of how different local authorities study and manage those who have the disease at all stages.
Our manager, Sue Lamb says, “We think the Atlas is a great idea to show people just how well each local authority is doing when it comes to looking after people with dementia. It’s really good to see how highly Worthing rates in the Living Well section too. We have trained Dementia Friends among our staff and would encourage everyone to join the scheme.”
You can visit the Atlas here https://shapeatlas.net/dementia/#10/51.1229/-0.8720/l-dfc and find out more about Dementia Friends here https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/