Lesbury Parish is a semi rural community of approximately 1,000 residents. The Parish is predominantly an older population and based on demographics and current research approximately 21 residents over the age of 65 years in the Parish are likely to have dementia at any one time. Lesbury Parish was awarded ‘working towards becoming dementia friendly’ status through the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Friendly Communities programme.
In addition to the understanding of demographics/research we know from broader research that dementia is a disease which impacts on the functioning of individuals in a variety of ways. As a result of dementia individuals lose skills and confidence making it difficult for them to maintain social relationships and contacts. A significant part of supporting continued engagement of people with dementia into social outlets is to create environments where those around them have a better understanding of the impact of the disease and can provide a supportive network. If people with dementia are to live well with the disease we need to work across the whole community.