Tak­ing ac­tion on de­men­tia

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

THERE are 72,000 peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia in Greater Lon­don but we know that many of them aren’t re­ceiv­ing the help they need.

Re­search shows that two thirds of Lon­don GPs worry pa­tients with de­men­tia aren’t get­ting enough sup­port from so­cial ser­vices. Un­paid fam­ily car­ers are forced to fill the gaps.

We need your read­ers to speak to their GP if they are wor­ried about their mem­ory. It might be noth­ing, but if it is de­men­tia then get­ting a di­ag­no­sis opens the door to sup­port. We also need to see more in­vest­ment in ser­vices. The num­ber of peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia is con­tin­u­ing to rise. It is time for the gov­ern­ment to seize the mo­men­tum for change, and re­alise its am­bi­tion to make the UK a global leader on de­men­tia care. TIM MCLACH­LAN, Oper­a­tions Di­rec­tor Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety

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