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Resources needed to tackle expected rise in Dementia in the North

3 May, 2007


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Older People and Welfare Rights, Newry Armagh MLA Mickey Brady has said there needs to be the proper resources made available and a plan of action put in place after it was revealed that there is expected to be a 25% increase in the number of Dementia cases in the North over the next 10 years.

The research was carried out for the Alzheimer's Society by the London School of Economics and King's College, London

Mr Brady said:

"Research carried out for the Alzheimer's Society has revealed it is expected that there will be a 25% increase in the number of Dementia cases in the North over the next 10 years. If that is the case then we must start planning now in order to put in placed the resources that will be needed to provide the proper services for suffers. The expected rise will see over 20,000 people in the North living with dementia by 2017.

"We must also be mindful of the much forgotten roll of the carer. Carers play a vital role in supporting family members who need help. Many people who are caring for someone do not necessarily see themselves as carers. Rather they are mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, partners, husbands, wives or neighbours. However, being identified as a carer can be important in helping them get the right support they need to look after the person they care for.

"With the growing emphasis on home-based care, informal care by family, friends and neighbours is increasingly being recognised as an important source of support to people of all ages. It is important for carers to get as much information, practical help and emotional support as they can." ENDS

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