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Reduce your risk of dementia this Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

There are almost 20,000 people aged over 65 currently living with dementia across Hertfordshire and west Essex. By 2035, that number is expected to have grown to around 33,000.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and locally, health and social care organisations are raising awareness of what you can do to reduce the risk of developing dementia and slow the progress of dementia if you are already affected by the disease.

Developing the long-term plan for the NHS: Tell NHS England what you think

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On 18 June the Prime Minister set out a funding settlement for the NHS in England for the next five years. In return, the NHS has been asked to set out a long-term plan for the future of the NHS by autumn, setting out our ambitions for improvement over the next decade, and our plans to meet them over the five years of the funding settlement.

Integrated care in every community

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Our health and care needs are changing, with more people living longer often with multiple long term conditions. This animation produced by NHS England explains the challenges facing the health and care system and how partnerships are being formed between the NHS, local government and the third sector to integrate care and better meet our health and care needs now and in the future.

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Making our vision a reality 

The growing health and social care needs of our population can only be met using the funding available if the NHS and social care services work together with you to achieve this.

We have identified four key challenges:

1. Living well and preventing ill-health

2. Transforming primary and community services

3. Improving urgent and hospital services

4. Providing health and care more efficiently and effectively

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When I need to go hospital, I will see a specialist with the expertise, equipment and experience to treat my condition. I won’t have to stay in hospital for longer than I need to.