Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Services is a winner in the 2011 GSK IMPACT Awards. The charity is the only charity in North West Kent working to enable people with dementia to stay in their own home for as long as possible, as well as offering vital support to carers.
It has made a vast impact on the quality of life for many older people in the region, bridging a gap in health care provision and reducing demand on local health and social services.
Innovative services include an early intervention project, which will work with 30 GP practices across Kent. The project is expected to reach 15,000 over five years in the Dartford, Gravesend and Swanley area.
The charity also runs a service developed to encourage older black and minority ethnic people with memory problems to come forward for support, and a confidential 24 hour dementia help-line providing information and emotional support.