It is caused when the brain is damaged by disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse. Here are some facts about dementia: CLICK HERE.
This afternoon I took the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt to meet Wiltshire’s Alzheimer’s Society to discuss what more can be done to support those living with this terrible disease.
Here are some facts about dementia that you may not be aware of:
- There are 7000 people with dementia in Wiltshire, 1400 in Chippenham alone.
- Dementia costs the UK £26.3bn per year, two thirds of the cost of dementia is paid for by those living with the disease and their families.
- No two people living with dementia are the same – services need to reflect the needs of the individual
It’s on this final point that the Alzheimer’s Society’s work is so vital.
Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers provide information about local services to people affected by dementia in their communities. From Dementia Cafés and innovative Singing for the Brain sessions to memory-book projects and group outings, their services provide an essential point of human contact. Wiltshire are leaders nationally in the work they do, being one of only a few areas that offer home support.
I would like to see more Day Care centres for people living with dementia locally and, if elected as our next MP, I will work with others to help bring that about.
I am proud that the Prime Minister has led the world in championing support for those with dementia and I would encourage everyone to join me as a Dementia Friend.
We’ve come a long way in terms of dementia care and research in the past few years, but there is still more to do. I have always campaigned for health and social care to be brought closer together to give more joined up care and I am delighted that Jeremy Hunt has made that a clear goal of a future Conservative Government. Today, I heard from the Alzheimer’s Society that this would make a huge difference to those with dementia.