Place greater importance on the recognition of Dementia as a life limiting illness, offering more funding and support for its cause.
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Dementia Awareness Week ended on May 23rd, but I do not believe that awareness for such a life shattering disease should be confined to a single week.
As someone who's grandmother suffers from late stage Dementia, I have seen first hand the deterioration caused by the illness and I think that it needs more recognition as a life limiting disease.
One person develops dementia every 3 minutes and currently there are 850,000 suffers in the UK, with numbers set to reach 2 million by 2051.
Dementia needs to be recognised as a terminal illness, with no possibility of recovery. Despite there being no cure, only 18% of people recognise it as a terminal disease. It is often pushed aside as a mental illness, with illnesses that are perceived to create physical ailments being placed in greater importance. Obviously these diseases need care and attention, but so does Dementia. Dementia has physical consequences as well as mental ones; it strips away a person's physical abilities, whether that be walking, speech or otherwise.
Dementia is one of the main causes of disability later in life, ahead of cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Yet despite this, as a country we spend much less on dementia than on these other conditions.
The government spends eight times less in dementia research than cancer research. 2/3rds of the cost of dementia is paid by sufferers themselves and their families. I don't think this is right.
According to a recent Alzheimer's society poll, 90% of people do not feel supported after their diagnosis. There needs to be greater plans in place for the care and attention given to suffers, to help them understand their disease and feel more comfortable in the knowledge that help is there.
I am calling for more money to be spent by the new government on research and care for Dementia patients and for the disease to be given more recognition as a life limiting illness. According to Alzheimer's society, delaying the onset of dementia by five years would halve the number of deaths from the condition, saving 30,000 lives a year.
There needs to be greater emphasis on care for sufferers, treating them with the same palliative care as those with other life limiting diseases.
If you believe that Dementia sufferers deserve more, please sign this petition.
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