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What would you do to make dementia support better?

25/04/2019

Dementia Champion and Healthwatch chair urges you to share your views to help improve care for people with dementia in your community.

 

Healthcare in the East Riding will only work if people get to have their say –insists Healthwatch Chair and Dementia Champion Ian Dewer.

73-year-old Ian, from Middleton on the Wolds, is encouraging others to speak out as part of the ‘What Would You do?’ campaign, led by independent health and social care champions Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire.

There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, according to Alzheimer’s Society. There will be over one million people with it by 2025, and two million by 2051.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term for various brain disorders that trigger loss of brain function. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form, and other types include vascular dementia and mixed dementia. People with dementia can experience memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding. There is no cure.

Ian who is in seventies is well aware of the impact Dementia can have on people and their families says “Dementia is a major issue for the population and for the NHS. In the 70 years since the NHS was founded, life expectancy has gone up by around 13 years, and people are now living with multiple long-term conditions or into old age with frailty or dementia.”

“Over the past decade the NHS has doubled the dementia diagnosis rate and halved the prescription of antipsychotic drugs. It’s also worked to improve public and professional awareness and understanding.”

“However, we know from people across the country that there is more to be done to make sure everybody gets the right support at the right time.”

The NHS has included dementia in its Long Term Plan, and set out how it wants care to improve. Now it’s time for people to share their views about how they want these changes to look in their communities, so that local people get the help they need.

Share your views

What would you do to make support better for people with dementia?

People can also share their views in an online survey, visit https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do

You can also attend our focus group on Friday 3rd May 1pm – 4pm at the Treasure House, Beverley to book a place email epullan@healthwatcheastridingofyorkshire.co.uk or call 01482 665 684

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