North West Hampshire’s dementia-friendly summit will be held on Thursday 12th November at The Lights in Andover.
Kit Malthouse MP will host the event in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society.
“We’re a step closer to making life that little bit better for people with dementia. I look forward to sitting round the table with businesses, charities, health professionals and people living with the condition, and mapping out what we can practically do to help make North West Hampshire a dementia-friendly zone – be it structured activities in safe places or more local shops receiving dementia awareness training.”
Nationally, an international dementia research institute, based in the UK, will be discussed between the health and business departments after the Chancellor’s spending review. Kit Malthouse MP was one of the main architects of the idea when he was Deputy Mayor at City Hall.
“I want to see the UK accelerating and leading the research into dementia, and what better a way than to set up our very own international institute. I’m pleased to report that it’s firmly on the Government agenda and will be discussed by ministers this Autumn.”
“It’s good news that more people with dementia than ever before are receiving a diagnosis in the UK. However, some four in ten people still do not know they have the condition. These people are more likely to become lonely and isolated and they need support, information and access to care. We need to do more to help them.”
24,669 people in Hampshire have the condition and the current diagnosis rate is 60.7%. Across the UK, 850,000 people live with the condition and the current diagnosis rate is 62%. Costing the UK economy £26.3bn a year, the dementia bill is set to top £131bn by 2020.
Peter Cook lives in Oakley and cares for his wife who has dementia:
“Things are definitely improving but we still have a long way to go. I’d like to see more consistency in our day-to-day lives, things can often be hit and miss. There are lots of helpful groups and functions out there but sometimes they clash, they need better coordination and publicity. When it comes to adult services, you should have an allocated person who knows your history rather than seeing someone different every time. At hospital, it should say ‘person with dementia’ right on the top of my wife’s paperwork or on the computer screens, so the appropriate questions are asked. I look forward to attending the dementia-friendly summit.”
Kelly Inwood, Alzheimer’s Society Services Manager for the area, said:
“Dementia is one of the biggest health and care challenges our country faces – the one that all of society must respond to. Too many people with the condition live in communities that do not support and include them. Too many families are struggling to get by. We need progress at the end of this.”