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BUSINESSES, groups and organisations got together to explain how they will work to become more dementia-friendly.

The response was launched by Andover Mind and Hampshire County Council.

According to the council, by 2020, the number of people living with dementia in the county is set to rise by 30 per cent to 24,000.

The business community is being called upon to get involved to enable people to live well with the condition.

Around 100 people representing Hampshire businesses and organisations attended the launch of the Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance.

Shops, leisure companies, transport providers, health and social care organisations and charities are now all being asked to sign up to the alliance and pledge their commitment to creating dementia-friendly communities.

Councillor Anna McNair Scott, member for adult social care, said: ‘This is part of the way the council is adapting to meet the changing needs and aspirations of older people.

This is by developing new ways of providing care and support, which will help people to remain as independent as possible.’

To find out more, visit hants.gov.uk/dementia-friendly-hampshire.htm