A new development -Shocking news about dementia.
People with dementia have spent £15bn of their own money on care within the last 2 years due to government delays in reforming the system. Ministers had promised a report on social care by the summer of 2017, however, it’s still not appeared.
Now analysis shows that individuals with dementia generally pay £100,000 on their care per year! Since March 2017, individuals with dementia have spent over one million excess days stuck in hospital beds, despite being tolerably to travel home, at a value to the NHS of over £340m.
The report said that at that point the amount of over-65s diagnosed with dementia in England has augmented by 33,000.
Jeremy Hughes, chief government of the Alzheimers Society, said: “This stunning total of cash spent by individuals with dementia over the last 2 years attempting to urge access to the care and support they desperately need is completely unacceptable’’.
“And the quantity and quality of care they are obtaining for – people who will afford it – simply is not good enough. The results are people with dementia and their families falling victim to the current dreadfully broken system.”
UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY
About 5.2 million Americans presently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and therefore the aging population can drive that range to an estimated 7.1 million by 2025, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Researchers have known many forms of brain abnormalities in individuals with dementia, notably plaques made of clumps of beta-amyloid protein that correlate with the death of brain cells, resulting in progressive amnesia, dwindling social skills and, eventually, death.
As Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, director of the Banner Sun Health Analysis Institute and author of “The Alzheimer’s prevention cookbook,” puts it, Alzheimer’s memory loss goes on the far side the usual “I forgot where I place my keys” to “I forgot what my keys are for.” Age, family history, having the Apolipoprotein E genotype and being female are the leading predictors of the disease. However, researchers are finding different predictive correlations, like unhealthy lifestyle….
He went on: “The proof of the gross inequity continues to assemble, and nevertheless still the government will do nothing. We would like a direct money injection through a passionate insanity fund, whereas the government works out a long answer to finally finish this crisis in care.”
Just last week the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee said an additional £8bn a year was required to bring the adult social care system to a suitable standard.
It said the government should produce a study with “clear and plausible proposals” for property adult social care funding as shortly as possible.
The committee report added that over 1,000,000 adults who want social care are not receiving it and that the inherent unfairness in the system, which implies cancer patients get their treatment free whereas those with dementia need to pay, had to be addressed.