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Three-year plan to tackle dementia launches at Cardiff Met



​A three-year plan to tackle the major issue of dementia in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan has launched at Cardiff Met.

With the number of people living with dementia in the area predicted to rise steadily as the population grows and ages, The Cardiff and Vale Dementia three year plan has been designed to address the needs of both people with dementia and their carers so that they can live well with the condition; as well as serving future population growth.

Hosted at the Cardiff School of Management, the launch event has been organised by PDR, the National Centre for Product Design and Research and funded by the SPIDER project, an innovation project funded by Interreg IVB and the European Commission.

PDR, which is also based at Cardiff Met, has provided expertise in user centric and service design, a problem solving process bringing a creative and user-centered approach to dealing with the wide-ranging issues surrounding dementia within the community.

Design experts at PDR also designed and created an animation shown to those attending the event, as well as designing an interactive session for delegates.

The event set out the aims and objectives of the plan, which has been jointly developed between Cardiff and the Vale UHB, City of Cardiff Council, Vale of Glamorgan Council and other third sector partners.

The plan will encompass the four key strategic themes outlined in the national dementia action plan: making structural changes to economic, cultural and environmental conditions, improving infrastructure and access to services for all; strengthening communities and strengthening individuals.

Plans include two dementia supportive community pilots to take place in Barry and Cardiff West, prior to further roll out across Cardiff and the Vale; a Memory Team providing a diagnostic and early support service for people with suspected dementia, raising awareness through volunteer bases and enhancing support in the community.

Paul Thurston, Head of Service Design at PDR said: "Our links to the Cardiff and Vale Dementia 3 year plan has come about via the SPIDER (Supporting Public Service Innovation using Design in European Regions) project.

"SPIDER aims to deliver innovative solutions to Europe's toughest social challenges by engaging public services and citizens in an ambitious programme of service design projects.

"We are pleased to have been able to provide service design expertise to this plan which will play a vital role in addressing the issues surrounding dementia in the region."