Dementia friendly community project wins top award

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A Motherwell venture which gives dementia patients more confidence to maintain their quality of life has won a top annual award.

The dementia friendly community initiative was highly commended in the “delivering better outcomes” category at the 2013 MJ Achievement Awards.

The scheme has seen Motherwell town centre shops, services and firms signing up to support people with dementia,their families and carers.

NHS Lanarkshire dementia consultant Sandra Shafii said: “I am delighted that this important project has been recognised in this way.

“People living with dementia tell us that getting out and keeping their social connections is important for them to maintain their quality of life.

“Most say they want to keep using local shops and services but worry about how they will manage.

“The project has seen shops, services and businesses sign up to offer that little bit of extra assistance that can make all the difference to their customer.”

Around 4,000 people with dementia live in North Lanarkshire, and more than two thirds of them are said to live at home within the community.