Project launched to address dementia

Cruse Bereavement Care Cymru and Alzheimer’s Society Cymru jointly launched a new service that supports people affected by dementia today. The project aims to increase awareness and improve access to bereavement support for people following the death of loved one.

According to the statistics by Cruse, 850,000 people live with dementia in the UK. In Wales, 45,000 people live with dementia. By 2025, the number will reach 1 million. 225,000 people will develop dementia this year, which equals to one every 3 minutes.

Lynne Neagle, AM for Torfaen and Chair of the Cross-Party Group on Dementia in the National Assembly said: ‘The bereaved by Dementia project is an excellent example of successful partnership working making a real difference for people affected by dementia and those close to them.’

Maxine Norrish project manager from Cruse Bereavement says it is an exciting opportunity for Cruse Bereavement Care Cymru and Alzheimer’s Society Cymru to work corporately and support people with dementia and raise awareness of bereavement.

The collaboration aims to increase and improve access to bereavement support. So far, 250 people have been trained and have delivered support to people with dementia. 126 new volunteers have been recruited and trained to support bereaved people in Wales.

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