Dealing with Dementia

5 01 2013

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has called on those who will be responsible for the implementation of any of the recommendations which flow from the “Transforming Your Care” review to remain faithful to the regional Dementia Strategy which was published in November 2011. The strategy identified a number of areas where improvements needed to be made in the way we provide care for people with dementia.

Councillor Cunningham said “The strategy focused on improving understanding and early diagnosis, and on the need for support and training for staff as well as supporting  the independence of those affected by dementia”

“There is no doubt that we have an ever-increasing elderly population and it is estimated that the number of people aged over 85 will double in the next two decades. Advances in medical research, cutting-edge treatments and improvements in care have all played a major part in increasing life expectancy; however, the positive impact on physical health can be severely undermined by the progressive and incurable causes of dementia.”

With a predicted 25% increase in the number of dementia sufferers in the next two decades, there is no denying the extent of the problem and the need for committed focus in tackling the issues. Poor diagnosis along with low levels of understanding and awareness of dementia has contributed to the crisis.