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More Help Needed for dementia sufferers

27 February, 2007

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, Upper Bann Assembly election Candidate John O'Dowd has said that the latest figures released by the London School of Economics and Institute of Psychiatry on a study of Dementia shows there needs to be a radical rethink on both helping those with the illness and providing the correct financial support for care that is needed.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"The latest research by the London School of Economics and Institute of Psychiatry Found that more than 1.7 million people in the will have dementia by 2051, costing billions of pounds each year, experts have forecast Currently 700,000 - or one person in every 88 in the Britain - has dementia, incurring a yearly cost of £17bn.

"They also found that the cost of caring for one person with late-onset dementia costs an average of £25,472 per year and currently, the bulk of this cost is met by people with dementia and their families which is shocking.

"Meeting the needs of the most vulnerable people in our society is of critical importance. The British government need to provide the proper funding for specialist housing for people with dementia. They also need to provide financial help for the families of sufferers; no family can afford to pay upwards of £500 a week for a family member for the care that is needed. This should to be backed up with adequate levels of services and support for people with dementia and their carers." ENDS

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