Draft Dementia Strategic Action Plan for Wales

The Welsh Government is calling on people to give their views on the draft national dementia strategy- Together for a Dementia Friendly Wales 2017-2022, which has recently been published. The views of people with dementia, their families, carers and dementia advocacy groups, have very much been centre stage during the evolution of the plan, with their feedback helping to shape the draft Plan. The development of a Dementia Strategic Action Plan was a key pledge from the Welsh Government’s Programme for Government.

The draft Plan looks at a number of key themes together with proposed key actions. Some of the key themes include risk reduction and health promotion, recognition and identification, assessment and diagnosis, living as well as possible for as long as possible with dementia and supporting research.

Some of the actions in the draft plan include

  • Local authorities and health boards are to develop a ‘team around the individual approach’ with services tailored to the individual with dementia and their carers.
  • The Welsh Government will promote and develop research on living with dementia that includes families and carers as co-researchers and looks to address inequalities experienced by people with dementia

It is estimated that between 40,000-50,000 people in Wales are currently living with dementia and the Welsh Government is committed to creating a dementia friendly nation.

The consultation closes on 3 April 2017. Responses can be made online, or by downloading the response form and sending it by email or as a hard copy by post. For further information, please go to ( https://consultations.gov.wales/consultations/draft-national-dementia-strategy)