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Lanarkshire dementia project hailed as town's MSP appeals for similar project in Cumbernauld

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 13:22 GMT on Sunday, July 7th, 2013.

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Cumbernauld MSP, Jamie Hepburn, congratulated the project's award and asked about such a project in Cumbernauld and, or, Kilsyth.

A LANARKSHIRE dementia programme has been hailed at a national awards ceremony, with Cumbernauld and Kilsyth’s MSP now calling for a similar project in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth area.

Held in Motherwell, the dementia friendly community initiative was recognised as being highly commended in ‘delivering better outcomes’ category at the 2013 MJ Achievement Awards; an award which recognises projects that have made a real difference to people’s lives.
 
In its short life, the dementia friendly community initiative has seen shops, services and businesses in Motherwell town centre, signing up to support people with dementia, their families and their carers. 

Sandra Shafii, AHP Consultant in dementia for NHS Lanarkshire, said: “I am delighted that this important project has been recognised in this way.

“People living with dementia tell us that getting out and keeping their social connections is important for them to maintain their quality of life. Most say that they want to keep using local shops and services but worry about how they will manage.

“The project has seen shops, services and businesses signing up to offer that little bit of extra assistance that can make all the difference to their customer.

“The businesses that signed up learned about dementia and how to do very simple and practical things that can make an enormous difference. “

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Approximately 4,400 people are currently living with dementia in North Lanarkshire and over two thirds of people with dementia live in the community.

Since the award was handed to the NHS Lanarkshire programme, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth SNP MSP, Jamie Hepburn, has written to Ian Ross, Chief Executive of NHS Lanarkshire, to congratulate the Dementia Friendly Community, as well as asking Mr Ross as to whether consideration is being given to expanding the scheme beyond Motherwell and what plans there are to bring it to Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.

Commenting, Cumbernauld MSP, Jamie Hepburn said: “The dementia friendly community initiative is a great project – it empowers business and shops to give simple, practical assistance to the two thirds of people with dementia who live in the community and gives dementia sufferers the confidence to keep active in the community.

“There can be very few of us who have not seen the effects of dementia on relatives and friends. The dementia friendly initiative should be expanded to benefit other communities in North Lanarkshire. I have written to Ian Ross, the Chief Executive of NHS Lanarkshire, congratulating him on the Motherwell project and asking what plans there are to roll it out to areas such as Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.

“I would be delighted to assist in any way I can to promote the expansion of this initiative to Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.”

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