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Live Discussion About Dementia - Wednesday 18th April

Posted on April 17, 2012 by admin There have been 0 comments

Never before has Dementia been so talked about & discussed across the nation. When David Cameron launched his national challenge on Dementia, he promised to double funding into research to £66 million by 2015. At the same time the Prime Minister announced a national screening scheme to be rolled out across the country’s GP surgeries.

Cameron said it was a national scandal that the level of diagnosis and awareness of dementia is “shockingly low”, and called for an all –out fightback to help find a cure for the disease. In much the same way everyone worked together to finding cures for Cancer in the 1970’s.

The proposals followed a recent Alzheimer's Society report, Dementia 2012 a national challenge.

It found that there are now 800,000 people with dementia in the UK and that number is expected to rise to one million over the next year. An estimated 670,000 family and friends spend a large part of their lives caring for people with dementia, and the society estimates the current cost to the NHS at £23bn a year.

The report recommended that more health and social care staff should have access to dementia training, and more schemes such as dementia cafes should be offered in the community to provide appropriate peer-led support.

A need for better awareness and tolerance of those living with dementia was also highlighted.

The Guardian Newspaper has a live discussion exploring some of the proposals put forward by Cameron and asking what we can do to increase support for people with dementia. Join the Guardian from noon on Wednesday 18 April until 2pm to discuss this and more. You can also tweet your questions at @GdnHealthcare

As a nation we need to keep the momentum going until we find a cure for this awful condition. We also need to change people’s perceptions of the disease and wipe away the dreadful stigma associated with the word dementia.

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