Camden seems to have lost its way in the treatment of people with dementia and their families

Thursday, 31st May 2018

• WHILE flicking through the latest council-produced Camden magazine I was hugely disappointed to see not one mention of Dementia Action Week which ran from May 21 to May 27.

Dementia affects more than 1,600 people in Camden and this is set to rise by 25 per cent by 2021, according to the council’s own figures.

Yet one of the most important weeks in the dementia calendar, where people can all help to make Camden a more dementia-friendly, informed, place to live, was ignored in their very own publication.

In contrast our neighbour Islington was keen to highlight the week. In a moving letter to the Islington Tribune, Cllr Janet Burgess showed Islington is committed to people living with dementia, their families, and their carers.

I am not alone in my growing concern that dementia has, in the last year, fallen very far down Camden’s list of priorities.

This latest omission is just one of number of instances where the council seems to have lost its way in its treatment of people with dementia and their families.

I emailed the leader of the council, Georgia Gould, to relay my concerns at the start of Dementia Action Week but have yet to receive a response.

It is imperative, if we are all to live successfully with dementia in our community, that Camden Council shows true commitment and energy to this issue to reassure those living with the condition, their families, friends and carers.

Friends of Netherwood

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