World Alzheimer’s Day takes place on Saturday 21 September. West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (WL CCG) and East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (ELR CCG) are urging residents to attend the Tesco Dementia Community Roadshow:
- 24 and 25 September at the Tesco store in Ashby 10am – 4pm
- 26 and 27 September at the Tesco store in South Wigston 10am – 4pm
Dr Peter Cannon, clinical lead for mental health for West Leicestershire CCG, speaking on behalf of both CCGs, said: “The Dementia Community Roadshow is a great way for anyone with dementia or anyone wanting to find out more information to speak to trained Alzheimer's Society staff. The events are free of charge and provide local service information.”
In the UK, there are about 800,000 people with dementia. Dementia mainly affects people over the age of 65 and the likelihood increases with age. However, it can affect younger people: there are over 17,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 who have dementia. It is important everyone receives care throughout their journey with the condition.
Marc Wortmann, executive director of Alzheimer's Disease International, said: “Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease continue to grow at a rapid rate due to global ageing. The disease has a huge impact on the families that are hit, but it also affects health and social systems because of the economic cost. Countries are not prepared, and will continue not to be prepared unless we overcome the stigma and enhance our efforts to provide better care for those who have dementia, and find a cure for the future.”
Dementia is seriously disabling not only for those diagnosed, but also for their families and carers.
According to estimates from the World Health Organisation, there is currently one new case of dementia every four seconds. If we take into account the rapid increase in the elderly population, there will potentially be 115 million people with dementia worldwide in the next 40 years, placing a major burden on health and social systems.
Both CCGs want to transform services and enhance the quality of life for people with dementia. They know that investment in improved and expanded dementia care management and earlier diagnosis is essential to increase the quality of lives for patients and carers, as well as the quality, effectiveness and experience of care.
Working jointly with local councils and other key local organisations, ELR CCG is the appointed lead for a joint health and social care commissioning strategy for dementia. Their aim is to integrate health and social care commissioning to result in a co-ordinated course of care for dementia patients in line with a Joint Dementia Commissioning Strategy for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.