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County Councillor backs region to cope with rising cost of dementia care

A Staffordshire County Councillor has said that the region will be able to cope with the effects of dementia – after a new report claimed care will cost one per cent of the world’s gross domestic product.

The World Alzheimer Report, published last week, estimates that the global cost of dealing with the condition could rise to a £338bn.

Cllr Matthew Ellis

Cllr Matthew Ellis

But County Councillor Matthew Ellis (Cons, Lichfield Rural East) believes an innovative approach will  stand the region in good stead.

The Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing explained:

“In Staffordshire, we see the future of care in this area being about early diagnosis and assessment in the community, and sign posting to other options in the community such as Alzheimer Cafes.  By tackling the early stages of the disease, we can ensure sufferers and their carers access the best help and advice possible.

“We are also ensuring we are in a good position to meet the increasing demands that will be placed on the service.”

The Alzheimer’s Disease International report estimates the number of people with dementia is expected to double by 2030, and more than triple by 2050.  Locally, the numbers of dementia sufferers are set to rise above overall trends, particularly in areas where there are above-average numbers of older people.

The county council is working with the NHS to try and ensure they meet demand. Among the services being supplied to support people in the early stages of the disease include memory clinics and specialist Dementia Advisers.

Cllr Ellis continued:

“Dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face in providing care for a growing elderly population and it is crucial that social care and the NHS work together to provide effective care and support.”

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