HEALTH professionals have invited residents to help them improve services for those affected by dementia on the Isle of Wight.
The issue is a central concern for the Isle of Wight Health and Wellbeing Board and the Clinical Commissioning Group, the GP group with responsibility for commissioning health services, according to a spokesman.
They have invited Islanders to help develop a new dementia strategy and will host an event at Lakeside Park Hotel, Wootton, on Tuesday, October 15.
Nationally, one in three people aged 65 and over will have dementia by the time they die and numbers are expected to rise as life expectancy increases.
The spokesman said there had been steady progress in improving dementia services under the Joint Commissioning Dementia Strategy, launched in 2009.
He added: "However, with changes to health and social care services and increased awareness and understanding of the predicted demands on services in the future, together with new Government directives around improvements to awareness, earlier diagnosis and intervention and a higher quality of care, there is a need to revisit the strategy."
Dr Michelle Legg, clinical lead for dementia on the Island said: "As organisations we have made a commitment to ensuring, through the My Life, a Full Life programme, that older residents living in our community can experience good coordinated care and support to help them manage long-term conditions.
"We want to put that commitment into practice by bringing together professionals and residents to help assess the support we currently provide and ensure our future strategy is fit for purpose and can be sustained by those involved to enable residents living with dementia to remain healthy and well and to have an active participation in community life on the Island."
The Lakeside Park Hotel Event runs from 1pm to 4.30pm. Anyone who would like to take part has been asked to register by Friday, October11 at www.iowdementiastrategy.eventbrite.co.uk