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Notice of Motion given by Councillor Olivia Blake

That this Council:-

 

(a)       notes that:

 

(i)         in Sheffield it is estimated that 6,099 people over the age of 65 are living with dementia; 80.3% of those living with dementia have received a formal diagnosis; and diagnosis can often be the key to accessing appropriate support services;

 

(ii)        two thirds of those living with dementia are living in the community, and nearly 70% of people with dementia feel lonely and trapped in their own homes, with limited or no social networks;

 

(iii)       a healthy diet, regular physical exercise, and avoiding smoking and drinking may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease and vascular dementia, but 64% of people are not aware of this; and

 

(iv)       the societal cost of dementia in the UK is estimated at an average cost per person of £32,250; and of the total estimated cost of dementia in the UK, it is estimated that £11.6billion is contributed through the work of unpaid carers;

 

(b)       welcomes the long standing commitment of the present Administration to making Sheffield a Dementia Friendly City, driven by the work of the Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance;

 

(c)        commits to appointing an Elected Member to the position of ‘Dementia Champion’ for the Authority; and

 

(d)       supports this Administration’s commitment to:-

 

(i)         work towards making Council practices more dementia friendly, encouraging staff and Members to become a ‘Dementia Friend’ through the Dementia Friends Programme and committing to making Council buildings dementia friendly;

 

(ii)        run local risk reduction campaigns, including clear messaging in ongoing campaigns regarding exercise, alcohol, smoking or diet that ‘what’s good for your heart is good for your head’; and

 

(iii)       make information about local dementia services as accessible as possible, embedding the free Dementia Connect database on the local authority website.

Minutes:

 

Dementia

 

 

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RESOLVED: On the Motion of Councillor Olivia Blake, seconded by Councillor Peter Rippon, that this Council:-

 

(a)       notes that:

 

(i)         in Sheffield it is estimated that 6,099 people over the age of 65 are living with dementia; 80.3% of those living with dementia have received a formal diagnosis; and diagnosis can often be the key to accessing appropriate support services;

 

(ii)        two thirds of those living with dementia are living in the community, and nearly 70% of people with dementia feel lonely and trapped in their own homes, with limited or no social networks;

 

(iii)       a healthy diet, regular physical exercise, and avoiding smoking and drinking may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease and vascular dementia, but 64% of people are not aware of this; and

 

(iv)       the societal cost of dementia in the UK is estimated at an average cost per person of £32,250; and of the total estimated cost of dementia in the UK, it is estimated that £11.6 billion is contributed through the work of unpaid carers;

 

(b)       welcomes the long standing commitment of the present Administration to making Sheffield a Dementia Friendly City, driven by the work of the Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance;

 

(c)        commits to appointing an Elected Member to the position of ‘Dementia Champion’ for the Authority; and

 

(d)       supports this Administration’s commitment to:-

 

(i)         work towards making Council practices more dementia friendly, encouraging staff and Members to become a ‘Dementia Friend’ through the Dementia Friends Programme and committing to making Council buildings dementia friendly;

 

(ii)        run local risk reduction campaigns, including clear messaging in ongoing campaigns regarding exercise, alcohol, smoking or diet that ‘what’s good for your heart is good for your head’; and

 

(iii)       make information about local dementia services as accessible as possible, embedding the free Dementia Connect database on the local authority website.