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Dementia Levels In York Set To Rise

Hugh Bayley

1:33pm 11th January 2013

The number of people in York who suffer with dementia is expected to rise. Over two and a half thousand people in the city suffer from the disease according to research from the University of York, who say that it is expected to go up to nearly four thousand by 2030.


Hugh Bayley, MP for York Central, and Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing are visiting Morrell House today, a residential care home run by City of York Council for dementia sufferers. Morrell House provides a service for 29 people over the age of 65 including people with dementia. 


MP Hugh Bayley says:


"The term 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms that include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. There are many types of dementia.  The most common are Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms gradually get worse.


"There are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK but the number will grow to over a million people with dementia by 2021 as the number of older people increases.   Dementia will cost the UK over £23 billion in 2013.  One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia and of these around two thirds will live in the community and the other third in residential care".


Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing says:


“We know that for many people with dementia, the battle is not about getting a diagnosis and support from the health and social care system, but about the everyday things we take for granted – having control over daily life, spending time with friends and family and enjoying hobbies. Communities which are dementia-friendly have more opportunity to support people in the early stages of dementia, maintaining and boosting their confidence and ability to manage everyday living.


“Morrell House enables residents to live in a peaceful and caring atmosphere within a fully secure, dementia-friendly environment.  The staff are highly trained and able to deal with problems and this home away from home environment gives families peace of mind.”


 Hugh Bayley MP adds:


“York has just over 30,000 people aged over 65, and about 2,500 are known to have dementia.  This number is expected to rise to nearly 4,000 by 2030 because there will be more over 65s in the city by then.  The growing number will put even greater demands the NHS and the council.  Sadly we still don’t know how to stop elderly people getting dementia but eating well, getting plenty of exercise and having company are all thought to help keep the condition at bay. 


  “Every case of dementia is different but sufferers generally struggle to remember things, understand and communicate.  Some lose touch with the world around them and cannot safely live in the community.  The team at Morrell House do a fantastic job looking after the residents and providing activities for them.  The people here have a good quality of life.  I would like to pay tribute to everyone who cares for someone with dementia whether it is in a residential home like Morrell House or in the community.”       

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