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Dementia care must be made a priority

5th January 2010

The Alzheimer's Society has called for the government to place care for dementia sufferers at the centre of its general election campaign.

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One third of people aged over 65 die suffering from the disease and the number of people with dementia will increase to one million by 2030, the charity said.

Care funding for people with the disease costs the UK £27 billion annually. This figure, along with the number of sufferers, is expected to increase.

The society carried out a survey which revealed that 75% of carers and patients said the assistance they received was "inadequate".

Patients in Scotland do not have to pay for personal and nursing care. However, three-quarters of carers in other areas of the UK said their requirements were not being addressed.

25% of carers said they did not think care workers had a proper understanding of dementia.

The society said MPs were aware that it would help their political agendas to tackle the issue. A survey of more than 100 MPs found that they thought agreeing on "a settlement for the funding of social care" was important.

Neil Hunt, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, said: "It has been reassuring to hear the political parties talking about adult social care this year but now with an election imminent we need more detail."

"We now need to hear guarantees on how each of the parties would provide a fair, transparent and high quality social care system."

 

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