Cameron launches ‘challenge’ to tackle dementia toll
The Government is to increase funding for research into dementia to £66 million by 2015, Prime Minister David Cameron has said. The funding is part of a package of measures intended to improve diagnosis, care and treatment of people with the illness.
The Alzheimer’s Society has published the first of a series of annual audits to measure progress toward these aims. Dementia 2012 identifies repeated failures in diagnosis and care. One in three respondents said they struggled to get a diagnosis, over a third said their support services didn’t help them live independently, and 47 per cent said their carer didn’t get enough support.
Dementia 2012 also explores the personal costs: 28 per cent of respondents had lost friends after their diagnosis, 61 per cent said they felt lonely, 48 per cent felt a burden to their family and 77 per cent said they were anxious and depressed.