Surrey 'wellbeing centres' to help dementia sufferers

A network of centres to help dementia sufferers and their carers will be launched across Surrey.

The 11 planned "wellbeing centres" will be staffed by social and health workers, with support provided by the Alzheimer's Society.

Advice and help will be offered, particularly for people in the early stages of dementia.

The scheme is a partnership between the NHS, local authorities and voluntary groups.

The first centre is due to open in March in Runnymede Borough Council's Manor Farm Day Centre, in Egham.

Michael Gosling, who is Surrey County Council's cabinet member for adult social care and health, said: "Dealing with the confusion and forgetfulness that are the early signs of dementia is difficult enough.

"Until now people have had the added challenge of navigating a maze of services but by working as one team councils, the NHS and voluntary groups are making life easier for people with the illness."

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