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Alzheimer Scotland in dementia appeal

8th December 2010

A major fund-raising drive has been launched in Scotland to place a specialist dementia nurse in every health board.

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The campaign by Alzheimer Scotland is being headed by the Duchess of Hamilton following the death of her husband earlier this year after he was diagnosed with vascular dementia.

Alzheimer Scotland wants to improve standards of care, reduce the inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic drugs and cut the number of dementia sufferers who have to go into residential care from hospital rather than their own homes.

Dementia in Scotland costs the NHS £1.7bn a year with the 71,000 sufferers expected to double over the next 25 years.

At present four of Scotland’s 14 health boards have a dedicated dementia training nurse in post, each funded at an annual cost of £50,000 by the charity.

They are in the Borders, one in Kilmarnock, and a third in Edinburgh. The fourth is now being paid for by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in Paisley, after three years of funding support by the charity, which has now raised enough cash for a fifth nurse.

Lady Hamilton said: "Hospital staff have very little specific dementia training - and that is a huge problem because it can be a terrible experience for people with dementia and their families.

"The staff can do the job of fixing a broken hip, or repairing a heart valve, but if they don't know how to handle a person with dementia, it is hopeless.”

Alzheimer Scotland said health authorities had not realised the scale of this problem until recently.

 

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Monday 13th December 2010 @ 20:23

Hi: Lady Hamilton is so right. The only way to fight Alzheimer's disease it to study the disease and understand it. Sometimes the unpaid ameteur cargivers know more about Alzheimer's then the paid professional caregivers.
I have been able to have more good times with my wife then bad ones for the last 15 yrs.
I hope you are sucsessful in improving the standard of care for Alzheimer's patients.
Thanks Don Mastin
Oshawa Ontario.


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