People with dementia and their carers

 We want to make Norfolk a better place for people living with dementia and their carers.

Over the past 10 years in Norfolk, awareness and support for people living with dementia has come a long way but there is still much to be done. The momentum that has been built now needs concrete progress as Norfolk strives to become a Dementia Friendly county.

  • An estimated 16,400 people in Norfolk have dementia (either diagnosed or undiagnosed).  Equivalent to one in every 53 people in Norfolk or the populations of Cromer, Hunstanton and Holt combined.
  • Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has the highest number of people with dementia reflecting its larger population
  • North Norfolk CCG has the highest proportion of people with dementia
  • There are about 26 new cases of dementia per year per 1000 population of over 65s in Norfolk (diagnosed or undiagnosed). Equivalent to about 78 new people getting dementia in Wymondham per year.
  • The incidence of dementia increases as age increases, but is not a natural part of ageing
  • Just over half of people with dementia have mild dementia and remaining have moderate or severe disease
  • About two thirds of people with dementia live in the community compared to long term care
  • Over the next 20 years there will be an estimated additional 9,000 people with dementia.  Equivalent to the whole population of Downham Market.  The greatest growth will be in people over 90 years old.

Examples of how to measure the impact of the strategy

Key outcomes for this strategic priority are mostly qualitative.  Measures will include that people with dementia:

  • Are diagnosed early
  • Can enjoy their life
  • Get right advice and information
  • Can make decisions about their future
  • Get the right treatment and support
  • Are treated with dignity and respect
  • Feel part of the community
  • Have carers who are well supported
  • Know that their end of life wishes are respected

Read about the intentions of the strategy for dementia.

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