Aled Roberts AM has pledged his support to Alzheimer’s Society’s #45000reasons campaign at Welsh Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in Cardiff this week.
The campaign, which launched last year, is calling on all political parties to boost support for the 45,000 people estimated to be living with dementia in Wales. Less than half of people living with dementia in Wales have received a formal diagnosis, meaning that many are unable to access support and medication.
Sue Phelps, Director of Alzheimer’s Society in Wales, said: “Our research shows that 1 in 5 people in Wales have a close family member or friend who has dementia. This is an issue that affects many people right across Wales.
“People living with dementia in Wales are less likely to receive a diagnosis, and are less likely to have access to post-diagnosis support than those living in the rest of the UK. This has to change. We want to work with politicians and civil servants so that Wales has a strategy which will improve diagnosis rates and ensure access to local services and quality of care that people living with dementia deserve. We are pleased to have the support of Aled Roberts AM”.
Aled Roberts AM said: “We know that even those who have received a dementia diagnosis have most likely not received the information and support that they need in order to live well with dementia. I want to see the next Welsh Government create a robust and adequately -funded dementia strategy, and I am proud to support the campaign.”
As part of their #45000reasons campaign, Alzheimer's Society is calling for the next Welsh Government to deliver an appropriately resourced National Dementia Strategy which will deliver improvements in the following areas:
Dementia diagnosis rates
Public awareness of dementia
Training for health & social care professionals
Support for unpaid carers
Hospital care for patients with dementia
You can find out more about the campaign by visiting www.alzheimers.org.uk/45000reasons