Yorkshire dementia sufferers could get share of £50million grant

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced funding to aid treatment.

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Dementia Facts: over a million people with dementia by 2021.

In the UK there are:

  • currently 800,000 people with dementia
  • over 17,000 younger people with dementia
  • over 11,500 people with dementia from black and minority ethnic groups

Dementia Facts:

  • Two thirds of people with dementia are women
  • The proportion of people with dementia doubles for every 5 year age group
  • One third of people over 95 have dementia
  • 60,000 deaths a year are directly caused by dementia
  • Delaying the onset of dementia by 5 years would reduce dementia deaths by 30,000 a year
  • There are 670,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK
  • 64% of people living in care homes have a form of dementia
  • Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community while one third live in a care home
  • Only 43% of people in the UK get a diagnosis

The Alzheimer's Society also warns there will be than a million people with dementia by 2021. Already the cost of dementia to the UK is £23 billion this year alone. Family carers of people with dementia save the UK over £8 billion a year.

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Dementia funding: to create more 'butterfly schemes' like ones used in Calderdale and Huddersfield.

Jeremy Hunt today announced £50 million will be made available to NHS Trusts and local authorities working in partnership with social care providers to help hospitals and care homes cater for people with dementia.

The funding will be used to develop more initiatives like the ‘butterfly scheme’ uses across Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust.

The system involves placing a butterfly symbol on the bed of a patient with dementia. It is also highlighted in their care records, appointment records and on patient flow boards so that staff know they need extra help.

“Being one of the best for dementia is a priority for this Government, and doing what we can to help people with the condition feel more safe and secure in their environment is an important part of this. “Responding with dignity and compassion to dementia is the only sensible reaction to the urgent challenges we face as our population ages.”

– Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
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