William Powell shows commitment to improving support for people with dementia and their carers in mid & west Wales
William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for mid & west Wales attended the launch of a new report by Alzheimer's Society, The hidden cost of dementia in Wales on Tuesday 7th July to show their commitment to improving care and support for people living with dementia and their carers.
William joined Sue Phelps, Director of Alzheimer's Society in Wales, at the Assembly to mark the report's release, which is the first of its kind to provide a financial breakdown of the cost of dementia to society in Wales.
The hidden cost of dementia in Wales report reveals that in 2013 the total cost of dementia in Wales was £1.4 billion, an average cost of £31,300 per person per year.
The report found that people with dementia, carers and their families currently shoulder around two-thirds of the cost themselves. This amounts to £298 million for private care social care, and equivalent to £622 million in providing unpaid care to people with dementia.
Sue Phelps, Director of Alzheimer's Society in Wales said:
"There are 45,000 people living with dementia in Wales and dementia is a challenge that cannot be overlooked. Costs of dementia will continue to rise unless we have a system that better supports both people with dementia and their carers.
"We are delighted that William has shown his commitment towards supporting people in mid and west Wales, and across the whole country, with dementia.
"We need continued commitment and investment to ensure that we deliver the improvements in care and research that people with dementia and their loved ones deserve. It is important that we do not lose the momentum that has built up over the previous years. This report highlights the need for an appropriately resourced national dementia strategy that prioritises person-centred, integrated care. I hope that we can call upon the support of William in our bid for this to become a reality in the next Assembly term."
William attended the drop-in session held for Assembly Members at the National Assembly for Wales to discuss the findings of the report.
Speaking after the event William said:
"I was very pleased to attend the event to hear more about the findings of the report and to show my support for to people living with dementia and their carers in my region. With a growing number of people living with dementia, it's becoming of increasing importance that we find a way of working in collaboration to meet the challenge dementia presents."
Notes to editors:
The hidden cost of dementia in Wales (2015) is an overview of the findings or research commissioned by Alzheimer's Society and conducted by the Personal Social Services Research Unit, London School of Economics and Political Science.
225,000 will develop dementia this year, that's one every three minutes
Alzheimer's Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to two million people by 2051
Dementia costs the UK economy over £26 Billion per year. This is the equivalent of more than £30,000 per person with dementia.
Alzheimer's Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them
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Alzheimer's Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk
Alzheimer's Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit alzheimers.org.uk