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In Cheshire West and Chester the number of people aged 65 or above has increased from 61,100 in 2011 to 75,900 in 2021. We recognise that there may also be an increase in people living with dementia. The strategy looks to the next two years by defining our principles and shaping our priorities. Building upon the dementia work that has taken place since 2017, and considering the impact of COVID-19 on our ageing population. Our priorities focus on the planning, commissioning, delivery and review of local services so that people living with dementia and their families are better supported. The strategy highlights the measures we can take to prevent and delay the onset of dementia so that our residents have the support they need to live a long, healthy, independent life.

The strategy also has a clear relationship with other strategic and operational plans across the borough:

  • Cheshire West Place Plan (2020-24) - developed by the Council and local NHS, that sets out a vision for the health and well being of our residents.
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council Plan (2020-24) - building greener, fairer and stronger communities that tackles inequalities and to have healthier communities, living longer more independent lives.
  • All Age Carers’ Strategy (2021-26) - joint strategy by the Council and Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group that focuses on carers’ of all ages and backgrounds to feel valued, empowered and have access to the right support at the right time.
  • Cheshire West and Chester Ageing Well Accommodation and Support Strategy (2022-2026) – focuses on helping our residents to stay independent for longer and enabling them to make an informed decision on the care and support services they may need.
  • Cheshire West and Chester Climate Emergency Response Plan - how we can all as residents, and organisations, individually and collectively act to reduce the detrimental effects of climate change in the way we deliver services and live our lives.

Strategies within the Health Improvement Strategy - healthy eating and being active, smoking, alcohol and drugs misuse, and falls prevention - that all focus on reducing health inequalities and improving the health and wellbeing of people in the borough, enabling our residents to live more fulfilling, independent and healthy lives.