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Sixty-three English towns and cities are set to become dementia-friendly zones, far exceeding the intentions of David Cameron’s Challenge on Dementia that committed towards creating a mere 20 such communities by 2015, as part of his Dementia Friendly Communities Programme.
The news launches a new project between The Alzheimer’s Society and the British Standards Institution (BSI), in which they intend to define a “standard” or code of practice determining what exactly communities can – and will – do to create a more dementia-friendly environment.
What is a Dementia-Friendly Community?
A dementia-friendly community is a local area that helps raise awareness and teaches people to understand what dementia is, so that they can use this knowledge to respect and continually support their friends, family and neighbours who have the disease.
By creating areas and neighbourhoods that are more understanding of dementia, an economic analysis commissioned by The Alzheimer’s Society suggest that £11,000 could be saved every year, for each person living with dementia, so that they could continue to live an independent life – in their own home – without the need for them to move into an expensive nursing home. This would effectively offer them a better life.
Dementia is one of the most worrying diseases currently in existence. But, if you could take a simple blood test to determine your chances of getting the illness, would you take it? This could be an option, in the future, thanks to research currently being conducted.
A group made up of Scientists from various research groups and universities have been working together, comparing the blood of people who fit into three groups:
- Those who are Healthy
- Those who have a Mild Cognitive Impairment
- Those who have Alzheimer’s Disease
They compared the different types of blood, and were able to predict with 87% accuracy whether each of the patients would go on to have Alzheimer’s Disease.
Dementia is affecting an increasing number of people.
In 2012, there were around 800,000 people suffering with some form of dementia – this had an estimated cost of £23 billion a year to the UK economy says the Alzheimer’s Society; this figure is even higher than the combined costs of care for cancer, strokes and heart disease.
We need to find a way to relieve the pressure on our economy, but still allow sufferers to live in their own home at the same time.
Allowing sufferers to keep their dignity is of the utmost importance.