Dementia: Help from new group

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THREE charities have joined forces to create a partnership to provide support for people with dementia and their carers.

Age UK Suffolk, Sue Ryder and Suffolk Family Carers have formed the Dementia Partnership for Suffolk.

This will develop a seven-day helpline for people, create a dementia adviser service to visit people in their homes and work with local communities to encourage them to become more aware and support those with dementia and their families.

The aim is to access relevant information for sufferers and their families, answer questions, help people understand dementia and its treatment, offer guidance and advice about what support is available and to provide information about what financial help people can access.

Daphne Savage, Age UK Suffolk chief executive, said: “We know that there is a high older population in our county with a large number of people living with dementia – estimates say more than 10,000 people already and 200 of these are under 65.

“Many live alone or in isolated areas and a number are cared for by their partner or an older relative which makes living with dementia more diffocult for all concerned.”

Sue Ryder is looking for volunteers to support the work of the partnership and to find out more contact 01473 359911.