Dementia Awareness

Did you know…

  • for every 100 people aged 65 and over, 7 have dementia
  • this figure rises to 1 in 4  aged 85 and over
  • 65-80% of people with dementia live in their own home

The term “dementia” is used to describe a group of illnesses which causes a progressive decline in the ability to remember, to learn, to think and to reason…

West Yorkshire Police is raising awareness among its staff and officers of the condition, and has joined the Dementia Action Alliance as part of a commitment by the Force to improve the services provided to those with dementia. 

The Force has signed up to the Herbert Protocol to enable family and friends to put systems in place to allow for early intervention when loved ones go missing.

Working to become Dementia Friendly logoAs part of the commitment, Dementia Community Champions are being introduced within districts and departments who will act as dedicated points of contacts and ensure that the specific needs of people with dementia are taken into account in all investigations. A resource library is also being compiled to assist staff and officers with best practice in dealing with those with dementia.

Sergeant Vanessa Rolfe, of the Force Performance Improvement Unit, said:

“Dementia is a condition which has no barriers, it affects men and women and people of all backgrounds. What some people may also not realise is that while it mainly affects older people, it can also affect younger people.

“As a police force we are committed to ensuring that those with dementia who come into contact with the police are supported and have their specific needs taken into consideration, whether that be as a victim, witness, offender or missing person.

“It is important that our officers and staff are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of dementia both to appropriately deal with the immediate situation but also to refer the person on to other services as required.”

Dementia Friendly’ stickers are being put on all marked West Yorkshire Police vehicles to highlight the Force’s commitment and to further raise awareness with Force employees and the general public.

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Listen to Dr Sewa Singh Kalsi and his wife Hardeep Kaur Kalsi and their experiences of what it is like living with dementia.

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