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WATCH: Dementia hub in Kendal to support carers

Charities, professionals and care workers have come together to tackle dementia in the south of Cumbria.

An ageing population means the problems is particularly acute in the area.

Organisations based in and around Kendal have now created a Dementia Hub. They meet once a month, giving carers access to services, information and support under one roof.

Watch our reporter, Fiona Marley Patterson's report:

Dementia training for police in Dumfries and Galloway

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Police in Dumfries & Galloway have been training in how to deal with people with dementia, after a significant number of officers admitted feeling ill-equipped.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway teamed up with Police Scotland to trial a session with 18 members of staff.

It explored some practical challenges older people and people living with dementia may face, such as arthritis and visual changes related to ageing, and their effects on the mind and body.

It is estimated that there could be as many as 90,000 people in Scotland living with dementia and increasingly our officers are coming into contact with people living with and affected by dementia.

– Detective Inspector Robin Ferguson

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Dementia house opens in Stranraer

The house. Credit: ITV Border

A house full of gadgets to help families care for relatives who are elderly or have dementia has been opened in Stranraer.

Some of the items on show include a 'talking' microwave.

The aim is to help the most vulnerable people in our society live better, more independent lives.

The house has been set up by Loreburn Housing Association, and healthcare professionals.

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NHS Chief Executive apologises to dementia families

Darataigh dementia unit. Credit: ITV Border

The Chief Executive of the NHS in Dumfries and Galloway has apologised to families in Stranraer, after their loved ones were moved from the town's dementia facility.

Darataigh dementia unit was closed temporarily because repairs had to be carried out to the boiler.

However, families then said they had been informed that the closure was permanent, meaning they would have to make the 75-mile trip to Dumfries to visit their loved ones on a permanent basis.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has since said it will re-open Darataigh for the duration of a six-month consultation into the site's future.

Chief Executive Jeff Ace has now apologised to the families over how they were treated:

I think I need to apologise, we didn't communicate effectively, either about what our current dementia model is, and how Darataigh is used, or how we want dementia services to be in the west of the region."

– Jeff Ace, Chief Executive
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