Enquiry on dementia in Hartlepool

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PEOPLE in Hartlepool are being encouraged to attend a meeting to help an inquiry into dementia in the town.

The meeting will take place on Friday, February 6, at 1pm in committee room B of Hartlepool Civic Centre, Victoria Road.

The inquiry is being held by a council working group chaired by Coun Jim Ainslie.

He said: “Dementia is one of the most tragic issues faced by older people, their families and carers, and with the number of cases predicted to soar it is one of the most pressing health problems we face today.

“A lot of work is already being done by the council, health organisations and support groups to help people with dementia, despite a backdrop of shrinking resources, but we are keen to explore whether that can be improved.”

The inquiry aims to examine how services contribute to the early identification of people with dementia, and whether anything can done to help early diagnosis.

It also seeks to find out how services for people with dementia and their carers could be improved.

During the investigation, which will conclude in the spring, the working group will also be talking to a range of local health professionals and support groups.

Dementia covers a variety of incurable diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, which progressively damage the brain leading to symptoms like memory loss and mood changes.

It is predicted that the number of cases in Hartlepool will rise 40 per cent by 2030, from 1,148 to 1,597 cases.

For information about the investigation, call Scrutiny Support Officer Laura Stones on 01429 523087 or email laura.stones@hartlepool.gov.uk