Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams met with representatives of the Alzheimer’s Society in Parliament last week, who were raising awareness of the challenges posed by dementia to everyone in our society, which they deem one of the biggest health and care challenges we face.
The Alzheimer's Society research shows that there are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and this number is set to rise to 1.1 million by 2021 and reach 2 million by 2051. 225,000 people develop dementia in the UK ever year, which is one every three minutes.
The Alzheimer Society research also highlights that around two-thirds of people with dementia live in the community, and of these one – third live alone in their own homes. More therefore needs to be done to ensure those with dementia are able to continue to live their lives at home, rather than being unable to leave hospital or made to move into a care home because of a lack of home support available. Towns such as Aberaeron in Ceredigion have begun work on this, with all shop owners and local staff trained as Dementia Friends.
Commenting, Mark Williams MP said:
“As the research shows, dementia is clearly an issue which we as a society need to do more to prepare ourselves for. We especially need to make our communities more dementia friendly, and I know this has been achieved in Aberaeron which is Ceredigion's first dementia friendly town. This is fantastic news, and I hope this work will continue.”