Wetherby MP Alec Shelbrooke secured an Adjournment debate in the House of Commons this week, calling for improvements of Dementia care services in the UK.
Praising Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent decision to host the G8 summit on Dementia, Mr Shelbrooke suggested that there is much more to do before society can feel confident that everyone living with the condition is able to live a fulfilled life.
Calling for the National Dementia Strategy to be updated, Mr Shelbrooke made the case for increased research spend on Dementia, programmes for earlier diagnoses and further investigation into the effectiveness of homocysteine (amino acids produced by the body) testing.
During the debate, the Elmet and Rothwell MP praised services in the area for leading the way in Dementia care. and said: “In my constituency there are some inspiring examples of innovative care that makes me feel optimistic that Dementia can be dealt with effectively and compassionately.
“I’ve seen firsthand that this kind of support delivered well and early on in a person’s dementia journey, can lead to better outcomes.”
Speaking to the Wetherby News after the debate, Mr Shelbrooke said: “It is often the case that truly inspirational support networks are not those provided by professionals but by community champions such as Wetherby in Support of the Elderly and their Sunshine Cafes, providing a welcoming place for those with dementia and their carers as well as making Wetherby a dementia friendly community.”
It is estimated that by 2021, 1 million people will be living with Dementia – up from 800,000 today.
Mr Shelbrooke is a ‘Dementia Friend’ and supports the Alzheimer’s Society in their mission to raise awareness of Dementia in the UK.
To support the Alzheimer’s Society people can sign up at http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk