Dementia – The National Challenge


Councillor Penny Shelton, Executive Member for Healthy Living and Adult Support, “welcomes the clear commitment from the Coalition Government that will ensure dementia is made a national priority.”

Key details in the announcement made earlier this week include:

• Funding for research into dementia is to be more than doubled, from £26.6m in 2010 to £66m by 2015.

• An extra £54 million will be made available for NHS hospitals in England from this April if they assess 90% of emergency admissions of over 75s for dementia. To receive the extra cash hospitals will also have to refer patients at risk of dementia to either the psychiatric specialist at the hospital, to a memory clinic or to their GP.

• From April 2013 hospitals will have to show they are providing quality care to dementia patients by training nurses and care staff.

• By 2015 the Coalition wants to encourage at least 20 more towns and cities to become ‘dementia-friendly’ areas – so that local businesses and organisations support people to live well with dementia, helping them to remain independent for longer.

• This autumn the Coalition will fund another national dementia awareness campaign.

• The Medical Research Council will further dementia research by piloting a scheme to scan the brains of 50,000 to 100,000 volunteers via the BioBank - a resource to help scientists tackle a range of serious illnesses.

Innovative work of Amy Woodgate Resource Centre

Speaking about the situation in Kingston, Councillor Shelton said:
“Locally in 2009, the Liberal Democrat Administration opened the new Amy Woodgate Resource Centre in the heart of Chessington. The Centre is a purpose built, 42 bed state of the art care and nursing home providing first class, quality care to people living with dementia. The innovative work and steadfast commitment was warmly praised by the Chief Executive of Age Concern. Also, the Eden Alternative, a revolutionary approach to ensure all residents have a meaningful life, is implemented

As we look to the future, the number of people affected by dementia is increasing and with an ageing population we need to make sure we remain ahead. There is a very real crisis in the provision of care for the elderly and vulnerable and we need fundamental reform and sufficient funding to do the best for people in later life.”

Further and faster on dementia

Paul Burstow, Minister of State for Care Services, said:

“We are determined to go further and faster on dementia focusing on the three areas that matter most: awareness, quality care and research. Government cannot meet this challenge alone, which is why we are working closely with the Alzheimer’s Society, voluntary groups, businesses, care providers and the research community.”

The Eden Alternative can be seen on the YouTube video above: 

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