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Wiltshire Dementia Strategy 2023 to 2028

Overview

Dementia is one of the biggest challenges of our time.  Almost one million people live with dementia in the UK and 1 in 11 people over the age of 65 have dementia. Dementia costs the UK economy £25 billion per year in terms of health and social care costs and the contribution of unpaid carers1. In 2022, dementia was the leading cause of death in the UK2. Many dementias do not yet have a treatment to prevent, cure or slow progression.

In Wiltshire, we have one of the fastest growing numbers of older people. Between the 2011 and 2021 Censuses, Wiltshire was one of only three local authorities in the South West whose 65+ population grew by more than 30%. This is highly relevant to this strategy because age is the biggest risk factor for developing dementia, although dementia is not a natural part of ageing. 

Wiltshire Council's vision is to create strong communities where people can fulfil their potential, be actively involved and included in their communities, make informed decisions, have control over their lives, and be valued and included within society. In Wiltshire, we start from the strengths, talents and assets that each person has - this means looking beyond their diagnosis or needs, however important these may be. This vision reflects what people in Wiltshire have told us they want in order to live well.

We take a One Council approach, working as one team to deliver our priorities. This is especially important for dementia, where prevention, early intervention and community awareness are so important. Everybody has a role to play in making Wiltshire a dementia-friendly County.

This strategy describes how we will work together to make Wiltshire an inclusive, vibrant, supportive place for people with dementia and their family members and carers to live. It is underpinned by prevention and early intervention, tackling inequalities, understanding our communities, and promoting independence.

In this strategy, you can expect to find information about:

  • our vision: why this strategy is so important and how we will work together with carers over the next five years
  • local and national context:the impact of dementia on our residents and communities, the economy, and people who provide care; a summary of our local population and how we think it will change over the coming years
  • co-production: how the views of people with dementia, their families and carers, the public and professionals have shaped this strategy, and how they will continue to guide and monitor the work we do
  • our priorities: describing the five priority areas which have come out of the co-production work
  • how we will deliver the priorities:a more detailed look at what we will do in the next five years, with measurable outcomes

1 See Appendices for detailed information about the cost of dementia

2 Death registration summary statistics, England and Wales: 2022 (ons.gov.uk) (opens new window)

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