People with dementia 'must not be left behind'

Posted on 11 February 2011

The government's No Health Without Mental Health strategy must not forget people with dementia, the Alzheimer's Society has said.

Aiming to intervene early and tackle the underlying causes of mental health problems, the government's strategy will include an additional £400 million to improve access to therapies over the next four years.

However, the Alzheimer's Society's head of policy and public affairs Andrew Chidgey said people with dementia, who may be paying for care, are too often left behind by services that do not meet their needs.

"We must ensure people with dementia are not overlooked by this strategy and that this cash injection helps improve access to psychological services and reduce stigma for people of all ages," he commented.

Mr Chidgey added that there are currently 750,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is expected to hit a million in the next decade, leading more people to consider ways to pay for care.

The Alzheimer's Society recently held a fundraising concert at Windsor Castle, which featured celebrity guests Richard Briers, Kevin Whateley and Tessa Wyatt.

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