RYDE is set to become the pilot for the Isle of Wight being designated a Dementia Friendly Community.
Age UK (Isle of Wight) has secured NHS funds to work toward Ryde becoming a good example, as a first step to the whole Island designation.
Age UK (Isle of Wight) health and well-being development officer Emma Lincoln told a meeting of Ryde Town Council Ryde was chosen because it had 412 people with diagnosed dementia — the highest number in any Island town.
The initiative aimed to improve facilities, provide training sessions for staff to help them deal sympathetically with people suffering from dementia and help those with Alzheimer’s and other conditions to stay in their own homes.
Dementia sufferers could carry a card explaining their condition and bus drivers would be trained to help them travel safely.
"More than 100 customer-facing staff across the Island have already attended training courses and there are links with Age UK’s Good Neighbour Scheme," she said.
By 2021, the current 800,000 people with dementia throughout the country was set to rise to more than a million.
On the Island, where the population is older, the number was set to increase from 2,600 to 3,300, said Mrs Lincoln.
"There was a cost to society caused by dementia of £23 billion in 2012 throughout the UK and 60 per cent of people with dementia said they no longer felt part of the community," she said.
On Monday, the town council pledged to do all it could to help the project — which is set for launch early next year — by becoming part of a local dementia alliance.