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More Care Needed For Over 12,000 Dementia Sufferers in North Yorks


7:20am 10th September 2014

There are currently 67,630 people living with dementia in Yorkshire and the Humber, according to new figures released by Alzheimer’s Society and over 12,000 of those are living in North Yorkshire and York. The charity’s latest report also reveals many of those people are not living well.

The North Yorkshire figure is more than triple the capacity of York Minster and in York alone numbers of people living with dementia would more than fill the iconic landmark which seats 2,400 people.

Alzheimer’s Society is now urging government to end the artificial divide between health and social care which disadvantages people with dementia and to commit to a successor to the Prime Minister’s Challenge on dementia which is due to end next May.

Despite these huge costs – two-thirds of which is shouldered by people with dementia, their carers and families – tens of thousands of people with dementia are still living without the right support to do everyday tasks like getting dressed, eating and going to the toilet.

As well as Dementia UK, Alzheimer’s Society has today also published Dementia 2014: An Opportunity for Change which provides a snapshot of how well people with dementia are living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It draws together evidence from a survey of over 1,000 people with dementia and their carers and more than 2,000 members of the public.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Just over half of people with dementia (58 per cent), reported to be living well
  • Nearly two-thirds (61 per cent) said they had felt anxious or depressed recently
  • 7 out of 10 people were living with another medical condition or disability as well as dementia
  • Of those looked after by a carer, 43 per cent said their carer received no help with their caring role

Judith King, Alzheimer’s Society Operations Manager for Yorkshire and the Humber said:

‘With over 67630 people living with dementia in Yorkshire and the Humber and many more friends and family affected by the condition, it is vital the government takes action.

‘We know that parts of the region are leading the way as some of the best performing areas for support after diagnosis. However, despite good progress, today’s research highlights the huge financial and human impact dementia is having.

‘In the UK one person develops dementia every three minutes. We must do more to ensure that everyone living with dementia gets the care and support they need.’

Richard Jaques lives in York with his wife Eileen who has Alzheimer’s disease said:

“It took some time to get a formal diagnosis for Eileen, she had been more forgetful for several years but our doctor kept insisting there was nothing wrong until about 4 years ago when tests showed that she does have the condition.

“I then spent a lot of time gathering information about Alzheimer’s and how best to support Eileen. In some ways we are lucky in that Eileen is still very active and goes out independently, takes part in a lot of activities as well as volunteering at the Alzheimer’s Society in York.

“At the moment we have taken the approach that keeping busy and living our lives in much the same way as before the diagnosis is the best approach and we will adapt as and when Eileen’s condition progresses.

“There does need to be support out there that is easily accessed by people who are diagnosed with dementia. This is an issue that needs to be taken seriously, for every person with dementia and all of the people who are caring for their loved ones.’

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