Yesterday David Cameron announced this major committment to Dementia. From the Independent
Funding for research into dementia is to be more than doubled by 2015
in a bid to make Britain a world leader in the field, David Cameron
The Prime Minister declared that tackling the “national crisis” posed by the disease is one of his personal priorities.
He said it is a “scandal” that the UK has not done more to address dementia, which is thought to affect 670,000 people although about 400,000 have not been diagnosed and do not know they have it. The cost to UK society is estimated at £23 billion.
I have been involved in a minor way with Dementia for several years, including being trained as a Dementia Champion. This year I am developing a short book:
- to help carers and family members understand in layman’s terms more about what is happening to their relatives
- to help sufferers through a better understanding of their energy system and giving carers skills to use with sufferers.
If you have been or are currently a carer or family member do let me know if you would be happy for me to interview you briefly by phone and give me your views.
This work will be put into a research programme in the future.