Wednesday 8 October 2008 9.17am
The national dementia strategy is due to be published shortly. This will be a fantastic start to making a much needed change for people with dementia and their carers.
The strategy sets out 15 recommendations for change, including; good quality early diagnosis through the development of more memory services which can diagnose and treat people with dementia and access to advice through a care adviser. We fully support the recommendations that have been proposed in consultation with a number of our service users in Southwark and across the UK
Our concern is that we have seen no financial support to implement the recommendations in the strategy. We need more local people to contact their our local MP's highlighting the importance of the national dementia strategy and without adequate intial investment the transformation of services and support that the strategy promises cannot be delivered and the opportunity to improve lives lost.
Please support us by writing a letter addressed to you local MP to House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
According to statistics there are 1563 people in Southwark living with dementia (that have been diagnosed) and approximately 723 live in carers. Many of these receive no support.
The Alzheimer's Society branch offer an outreach and information service, carers group, weekly Healthy Ageing social cafe, a monthly drop in information service, a memory group programme for people in the early stages of dementia, an Active Links befriending service, regular events and a quarterly newsletter.
If you or a person you know would benefit from our services or you would like to volunteer for us please do contact us.
t: 020 7089 9173
Thanks in advance for your support! Feel free to post any comments for discussions on dementia and related issues in Southwark.