Future for Dementia Care At House of Lords
Community Integrated Care and Age Exchange have announced an ambitious vision for the future of dementia care, as they showcased their commitment to create a national network of Age Exchange community hubs that will deliver innovative support for people with dementia and their families.
The ground-breaking launch took place at the House of Lords, with the backing of Lord Patel of Bradford and event partner Loveday & Co, to an audience of leading figures from care, cultural and commercial sectors.
Age Exchange are the national leaders of reminiscence arts dementia care with incredible model of support which includes facilities to enrich communities, cutting-edge public training and community engagement programmes, all backed by robust academic insight. This innovative support has been proven to improve the wellbeing of those living with dementia by 42%, reduce loneliness in old age and is designed to delay entry into residential care by up to 12 months, thereby reducing costs to families and local authorities.
At the event, Mark Adams delivered an inspiring presentation sharing a pioneering new vision for dementia care along with keynote presentations from guest speakers including; Dave Sweeney, Executive Implementation Lead at Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership; Laurence Geller from Loveday & Co and thought leaders from both Community Integrated Care and Age Exchange.
Speaking at the event Mark Adams said: “I’m proud to see such a cross section of organisations, all coming together in support of our vision for a network of Age Exchange hubs that really have the potential to change society at scale. Each hub will deliver vital support in the heart of the community, enabling people with dementia to stay at home longer, improve wellbeing, and reduce the need for residential care.
It is important that we strive to implement innovative solutions today to ensure there is sustainable support tomorrow – this isn’t just about our parents or grandparents, this is going to be us and our children. More than 850,000 people in the UK now live with dementia and with diagnosis rates set to pass one million by 2025 – the time to act is now.”