Dementia awareness – SAIF Regional Meeting in Bournemouth

September 29, 2017   //   No Comments

A study by The Lancet showed that an extra 71000 care home places will be needed by 2025. As life expectancy increases, so too have the number of years that older adults spend with substantial care needs.  The study compares levels of dependency in adults aged 65 years and over in England in 1991 and 2011 – 15000 adults in total. Adults were classed as high dependency if they required 24 hour care, medium dependency if they required care at regular times each day, low dependency if they required care less than daily, or independent.  The study is the first to analyse the extent to which the current care crisis is due to greater levels of dependency than in previous generations, rather than simply greater numbers of older people.

Rob Burley, Director of Policy at Alzheimer’s Society said: ‘By 2025 there will be more than one million people living with dementia. They are the biggest users of the social care system and need a high level of support as the condition progresses.  Yet we hear daily about how the system is unable to meet the needs of people with dementia – from being turned down by a care home, to facing extortionate costs for inadequate care. A social care system that is unable to fully meet the needs of people with dementia also places strain on the wider health system, with things such as delayed discharges from hospitals creating costs for the NHS as well as being detrimental to the health of a person with dementia.”

Statistically one in three of us is likely to be affected by dementia, either because we or a family member develops it or we are closely associated with someone who is living with dementia. It is estimated that by 2020 a million people in the UK will be living with dementia.  Ignorance is not bliss, and having an awareness of dementia may help you to obtain early medical support and provide care and support.

SAIF’s regional meeting in Bournemouth on 17th October will address dementia awareness with guest speaker Chris Parker FSAIF, a Dementia Friends’ Champion trained by Alzheimer’s Society to deliver dementia awareness sessions. Find out more here.