MP for Bath Wera Hobhouse is calling for greater support for Dementia charities in the UK.
Dementia is the leading cause of death in the UK already, and the number of people being diagnosed likely to rise to one million as soon as 2025. The figures have been highlighted as part of Dementia Action Week, which ran from 21st to 27th May.
Bath’s care homes and NHS services alike are coming under increasing pressure given the rising number of diagnoses. It is more vital than ever that these facilities receive the very best Dementia training and medical advice available.
Wera stopped by a pop up stall on Milsom Street run by the BANES branch of the Dementia Action Alliance. The organisation provide training on how to make shops and businesses dementia friendly, hoping to turn Bath in to a community that takes the needs of people with dementia seriously.
Wera said “I would like to thank all those who work in supporting elderly people with dementia for their tireless work. Raising awareness amongst those with the power to make life easier for people with Dementia is incredibly valuable, as is funding vital medical research to bring about the first life-saving treatments for Dementia.”
Wera also supported an Early Day Motion in Parliament, highlighting the work that Alzheimer's Research UK is doing in launching a Dementia Access Taskforce to help the NHS pinpoint where it can become more streamlined in ensuring that once future treatments do become available, they can reach those in most desperate need as rapidly and efficiently as possible.