Where: Bradford and York, England
Who is involved: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Nature of activity: In September 2015 the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) published its evaluations of activity to develop York and Bradford as dementia-friendly cities. The evaluation used a framework based upon the JRF’s ‘Four Cornerstones’ model (place; people; resources; networks) for developing ‘dementia-friendly communities’; it involved online surveys and interviews with key local stakeholders (including people with dementia).
Key findings in the reports included that local approaches have encouragingly led to a range of small initiative springing up, influenced by people with dementia and carers, though it remains difficult to engage some smaller groups marginalised by economic, social or environmental situations. What most people want is the right to live as normal a life as possible for as long as possible. In the words of a participant with dementia at the York workshop: “People treat you differently after diagnosis even though you might not have changed”.