As the Prime Minister announces a new drive towards curing dementia by 2025, health organisations in Lincolnshire have pledged to step up their support for those living with the disease and their carers.
Research and development of new drugs for dementia will be fast-tracked, David Cameron told a summit of world health and finance leaders in June, as the world’s biggest study group for dementia and a new £100 million research campaign were revealed.
In Lincolnshire, the county council, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and the voluntary sector have met to agree how to improve support for people affected by dementia, launching their joint dementia strategy for 2014-2017.
The county had approximately 10,300 people living with dementia in 2011, predicted to grow to over 14,200 by 2021. The plans include:
· Developing a Dementia Support Network and to bid for additional funding
· Creating a family support service to increase help for carers
· Shifting the focus to detecting dementia earlier and supporting people more at the start, rather than long-term, expensive maintenance services
· Improving housing services for people with dementia
· Increasing dementia training for care staff
· Improving access to guidance for patients and carers, and publishing information after diagnosis of what help is available when
· Expanding support for younger people with dementia and those with learning disabilities
· Improving the use of technology to help people stay at home
Executive member for adult care at Lincolnshire County Council Patricia Bradwell said: “Dementia rates are rising throughout the country and Lincolnshire is no exception. On a national level and international scale with the G8 summit’s goal to find a cure or slow down onset by 2025 – this is now a huge priority.”