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Creating a dementia-friendly York

Janet Crampton, Janet Dean and Ruth Eley

4 October 2012

What does it take to become a dementia-friendly city?

The York Dementia Without Walls project looked into what's needed to make York a good place to live for people with dementia and their carers.

Dementia-friendly communities can better support people in the early stages of their illness, maintaining confidence and boosting their ability to manage everyday life. Working with people with dementia, the research team investigated how local resources can be harnessed to this end, provided there is enough awareness.

As part of this project, the team also worked with groups of people with dementia to create a dementia-friendly summary of the research.

The project found that:

  • It's about the whole community – we can all contribute and we can all gain.
  • We all need to understand better what it means to live with dementia. Training, information should be easy to access and well promoted.
  • It's not just about new things - York already has so much to offer.
  • People with dementia should be central to planning for the future, and we also need to exploit the potential of technology to improve lives.

An accessible version of the main findings is also available.

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