Plea for more funding for dementia care

21 October 2009

Marlyn Glen has been informed by Alzheimer Scotland that the number of people in Dundee likely to be diagnosed with dementia over the next two decades will increase by almost half its current level.

Figures from the organisation which helps people with dementia, their carers and families suggest that the numbers of those with dementia in Dundee will rise from 2,161 to 3,179 in the period 2009-2031.

This would represent a 47 per cent increase in the number currently diagnosed.

Ms. Glen who has signed the Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and their Carers in Scotland is urging Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon to introduce new investment to transform the care of dementia.

Alzheimer Scotland has already called for a 15million "Change Fund" to raise the level of services and support for people with dementia in Scotland.

Ms. Glen said,

"In an ageing population, the need to provide a better quality of life for those with dementia, their carers and families will become a significant focus for the work of health and social services.

"In England this year, the NHS has already unveiled an investment of over 150 million in the first two years of a five-year plan to provide early diagnosis and treatment of dementia , raise the public profile of the condition , and improve the standard of care for people with dementia.

" A corresponding commitment of resources from the Scottish Government is vitally important to make advances in similar provision for Scotland."

 

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