York’s Latest Public Health Chapter on Getting Ready for Summer Published

Published Friday, 17th July 2015

City of York Council has published the latest monthly chapter of its Director of Public Health annual report for 2015 which focuses on dementia.

The council’s Director of Public Health is legally required to produce an annual report on the health of the local population.

This year’s report is produced in monthly chapters that highlight key health issues to the city’s residents.  Each chapter provides information on how to improve your health and that of your friends and family's.  

This chapter focuses on dementia and looks at the different kinds of dementia that people live with.  The report also provides statistics and facts about dementia including that there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK by the end of 2015 and that the current estimate is that there are 2,680 people in York aged 65+ with dementia.

City of York Council’s Acting Director of Public Health Julie Hotchkiss said: “This month’s chapter of my report discusses the importance of understanding the difference types of dementia and advice on how to prevent being diagnosed with the condition.  As a city York is working hard to meet its commitment to become a Dementia Friendly City."  

City of York Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health Councillor Carol Runciman said: "This report contains some very useful information about dementia.  The local facts and figures about people living with the condition in York demonstrate the significance of understanding more about dementia.  It is pleasing to see the range of activities and support available for people living with dementia in the city."    

Each month a new chapter is added to the health and wellbeing page on the council’s website – www.york.gov.uk.  The subjects covered will reflect national campaigns and local events including exercise, alcohol, smoking, contraception and mental health.  Over the course of the year the 12 installments will build up to form the 2015 Annual Report.    

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