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Alzheimers Society

Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society have kindly authorised “Elite Live In Care Limited” to publish on our website information from http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/index.php – Please go to the site for detailed information and to get involved.

Welcome to the January edition of our e-newsletter
This month we’re campaigning to ensure that people with dementia receive the highest standards of care wherever they are: in hospital, in a care home, or in the home. On Monday 18 January we’re releasing a report that exposes some of the dangerous and inadequate care in hospitals throughout England. Look out for #FixDementiaCare

We’ve also launched a campaign spearheaded by Sir Tony Robinson asking our supporters to consider making a gift in their Will. Leaving a gift is one of the simplest and best ways to help create a dementia free future. You can order a free guide to making a gift in your Will by completing our online form.

From our latest issue of Living with dementia magazine, we have the story of a woman shocked by her step-father’s experience during his hospital stay. We hear about the ways in which she wants dementia care to improve. We also have a new video in which Alzheimer’s Society Abassadors Hilary and Keith explain how they use their experience of living with dementia to influence our work.

Elsewhere this month we have some big discounts on many of our publications for dementia care professionals and carers of people with dementia.

Finally, If you’re looking to take on a fundraising challenge in 2016 we have a wide variety of exciting events to choose from. Find the perfect event for you and help fight dementia.

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Joe (e-newsletter editor)

The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes.

Alzheimer’s Society response to local government funding settlement

Published 18 December 2015

Secretary of State for Local Government, Rt Hon Greg Clark, has announced a four-year spending settlement for local government.

The Government has said that councils will have up to £3.5 billion of additional funds to fund adult social care services by 2019-20 as a result of new tax raising powers and additional investment. However, this investment will not arrive until 2017-18, leaving councils facing a funding gap.

George McNamara, Head of Policy at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

‘The Spending Review was an opportunity for the Government to address the deep-seated issue of social care funding, but instead they just tinkered around the edges.

‘The 2% rise in council tax falls short of delivering the vital investment needed, penalising the poorest areas of the country and hitting the most vulnerable hardest.

‘Demand for social care is outstripping supply at an unprecedented rate. By 2030 the cost of residential care for people with dementia will have more than doubled from £8.5 billion to £19.3 billion. Unless urgent action is taken to place social care on a sustainable financial footing, the most vulnerable people in society will be left to rely on the support of unpaid carers, family and friends.

‘The warning lights are flashing red. These measures fail to address the crisis in social care, which threatens to engulf the NHS as we move further into winter. We will see more hospitals declaring major incidents and A&E departments swamped with admissions as our public services cannot support older people properly in the community.’

Further information

Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse.

There are many types of dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s disease: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=100

vascular dementia: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=161

dementia with Lewy bodies: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=113

Sign up to the Alzheimer’s Societies monthly e-newsletters. http://contact.alzheimers.org.uk/LP/EAXupDDtPbC

Call the Helpline number on 0300 222 11 22 for dementia information and support.