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G8 dementia summit: have your say on improving dementia research

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The Social Care News blog will always promote opportunities for the care and support sector to engage with and help shape government policy.

Ahead of the G8 Dementia Summit on 11 December 2013, the Department of Health wants to hear your views on dementia research. The summit will focus on how the UK and the other G8 countries can lead efforts to prevent, delay and effectively treat dementia.

This engagement is not just for scientists and doctors but also for those who live and work with people with dementia. All your comments will be considered by the Department of Health team planning the G8 dementia summit and will be used to help develop themes for discussion.

Have your say on the Dementia Challenge.



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  1. Comment by Nadra Ahmed OBE DL posted on

    Considerations around the Dementia agenda are well documented and yet we continue to fail the people who suffer from it. I have been a provider of services and am a carer and a nationional representative and as such am regularly frustrated by the failure of multiagency failures.
    We must try to ensure that we have a cohesive pathway to promote wellbeing amongst suffers and the people who support them who may be elderly themselves in home care settings. I have looked at work in the USA, Australia and Europe and each has some good practice going on as do we in the UK. We pour millions into crisis management so it would be great to showcase prevention and support.
    I am from an ethnic minority and know that this remains a hidden condition amongst some, like my father, until it came to the crisis point! I have seen great examples and poor practice and the thing that makes the difference is the people doing the job, the staff! We have to consider the upskilling of the workforce and empowering them.

  2. Comment by Vivien Berrington posted on

    An extra allowance should be given to those with dementia to allow them to stay in their own homes longer and pay for live in care or alteratively Social Services Depts should be given more funding to enable this to happen more often. Taking people with dementia away from their familiar surroundings to put them in care homes is the worst thing that can happen. Funding for more specialist housing/extra care schemes specifically for those with dementia also needed.

  3. Comment by Nusrat Latif posted on

    I agree Vivien.

    We should not be separating families, it just adds to the anxieties for patients, carers and loved ones.

    More funding needed to address this.