CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has committed more support to raising awareness of dementia.

Councillors debated an issue raised by Carmarthen North councillor Ken Lloyd, who would like Carmarthenshire to be recognised as a dementia-friendly county.

He asked that the council determines what key actions would be required to achieve this aim, saying that developments in health care in Carmarthenshire provide a good opportunity to make positive change.

Speaking at full council (June 13), Cllr Ken Lloyd said: “Dementia is one of the greatest health challenges that faces Wales. Too many people have to battle for years and we have a chance to change this.

“With exciting life sciences potential at Delta Lakes we have a chance in Carmarthenshire to revolutionise the experiences of people with dementia. Let’s not lose this opportunity.”

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Cllr Jane Tremlett, executive board member for health and social care and dementia champion, welcomed the motion and said that Carmarthenshire is already well on its way to becoming recognised as a dementia-friendly county.

“In the last few years we have initiated a number of projects – Pontyberem became our first dementia-friendly community, Llanelli market became the first dementia-friendly market and Ammanford and Llandovery are dementia-friendly towns,” she said. “There is also a dementia-friendly project underway in Laugharne, Whitland and St Clears. The plan is to undertake this work in Carmarthen also.

“The intent of this motion is very much appreciated and I welcome this approach. We have been and will continue to work towards a dementia-friendly Carmarthenshire.”

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