Dementia

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Conference
2012 National Retired Members Conference
Date
11 June 2012
Decision
Carried

DEMENTIA

Conference welcomes the PM’s recent announcement that an additional £40 million will be made available for dementia research by 2014, on the basis that “every little helps” and that the main research co-ordinating body, the Alzheimer’s Society, knows well how to exploit the last penny. Cameron’s Dementia Challenge is also a welcome initiative, though in some aspects relying too heavily on volunteering.

Conference recognises that there is work to be done amongst our own members to bring about greater awareness of dementia, and calls on the National Retired Members’ Committee to work with Regions, Branches and the Alzheimer’s Society to promote wider knowledge of the diseases/symptoms which will affect 1 in 3 people over 65. The aim must be to create more political pressure for better care and much more research funding if the 1 million people, two-thirds of them women, who it is projected will develop dementia by 2021, are not to be abandoned to their fate.

Submitted by: Suffolk County