This Dementia Action Week (May 17-23), West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is joining Alzheimer’s Society in asking the Government to #CuretheCareSystem.
It’s been a devastating year for people affected by dementia. Right now, in West Lancashire and across the UK, nearly a million families are struggling to take care of their loved ones with the dignity and support they deserve. Decades of under-funding have led to a system that is difficult to access, costly, inadequate and unfair. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed these problems like never before.
More than 35,000 people with dementia have died of Covid-19 – around one in four of all UK deaths – making those with the condition the worst hit by the pandemic. Furthermore, many people living with dementia have experienced a significant deterioration in their condition due, in large part, to interrupted health and social care.
During his first speech as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson stood on the steps of Downing Street and promised to ‘fix the crisis in social care once and for all.’ This Dementia Action Week, MP Rosie echoes Alzheimer’s Society’s call for the Government to deliver on that promise by publishing a clear, budgeted plan for social care reform as soon as possible.
The legacy of the pandemic must be the rebuilding of a social care system that we want to grow old in – now and for future generations. It’s time to #CuretheCareSystem.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I’m proud to support Dementia Action Week and Alzheimer’s Society’s calls for the government to announce its plans and commitments for social care reform as a matter of urgency.
“NHS care is provided according to need and is free at the point of use. As a matter of fairness, dementia care must be delivered on the same principle.
“Many of my West Lancashire constituents are affected by dementia, and they deserve to be able to access the person-centred care and support they need to live well. That’s why we need to cure the care system now while continuing research to find the cure for dementia.”
An Alzheimer’s Society spokesperson added:
“Dementia does not just impact on the person diagnosed. It claims more than one life as families battle for the right care for themselves and their loved ones.
“Our findings paint a bleak picture. Family carers are exhausted, with more than 40% putting in more than 100 caring hours per week.
“People with dementia and their loved ones have told us they simply aren’t getting the care and support they need. Sadly, too many family carers reach a point of crisis before receiving help.”
Alzheimer’s Society is calling on its supporters to help cure the care system by urging the government to reform social care now. To find out more and sign the petition, visit action.alzheimers.org.uk/DAW21
- Results from survey sent out via Alzheimer’s Society services between 05 June and 28 June 2020. The survey was completed online. In total, 1,831 people affected by dementia answered the survey, with variations in completion rate for different sections of the survey. People affected by dementia includes those living with the condition and people caring for those with the condition.
- Last year, Alzheimer’s Society published Worst Hit – a report demonstrating the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on people living with dementia, their carers and loved ones. It revealed more than one-in-four of all Covid-19 deaths in the first wave were of people with dementia.
- Anyone seeking advice and information about dementia can call Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456.
- Information is also available on the charity’s website at alzheimers.org.uk and on its online community, Talking Point.
About Alzheimer’s Society:
- Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, fund research, campaign to improve care and create lasting change for people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Dementia devastates lives. Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia.
- Dementia deaths are rising year on year and 225,000 will develop dementia this year – that’s one every three minutes.
- The total cost of care for people with dementia in the UK is £34.7billion. This is the equivalent of more than £40,000 per person with dementia.
- Alzheimer’s Society funds research into the cause, care, cure and prevention of all types of dementia, committing to spend at least £100 million on research over the next decade, and is a founding partner of the UK Dementia Research Institute.
- Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer’s Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia – wherever they are, whatever they’re going through. Everything we do is informed and inspired by them.
- Let’s take on dementia together. Volunteer. Donate. Campaign for change. Whatever you do, unite with us against dementia.
- Alzheimer’s Society relies on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0330 333 0804 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk.
- Alzheimer’s Society provides the Dementia Connect support line (0333 150 3456)
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