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Campaign calls for more help to tackle difficulties surrounding dementia

The Alzheimer's Society wants more people to help tackle the problems associated with dementia Credit: PA Wire

A new campaign is being launched to help the 70,000 people thought to be living with dementia in London.

The Alzheimer's Society is working with Public Health England to encourage people to tackle the difficulties surrounding the condition.

Celebrity backing for Dementia campaign

With flashing lights, noisy streets and heaving crowds, London can sometimes be a bewildering place even for people who know what to expect. But imagine how confusing it must seem for someone living with dementia.

Today a charity launched a campaign to help make London the first dementia-friendly capital city in the world. Kate Moore from the Alzheimer's Society and the actress Ruta Gedmintas talk to Nina Hossain.

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£1 million study to tackle dementia

London researchers are working to find the most effective way to treat patients with dementia.

A study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will look at the way memory clinics can be used to improve the quality of life of people with the condition, and their carers.

The £1 million pound study aims to tackle the rising cost of caring for more than 600,000 people in England with dementia.

Calls for more Dementia funding

Dementia UK says at a national level they're hearing David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt talk aboutmore funding for dementia. However, they're still not see it cascade down to the local level.

“Local authorities will say that there is care in place to support people with dementia. This may include Dementia Advisors or the Prime Minister’s new initiative ‘Dementia Friends’. However, services are not joined up and in many places families are left in the dark about what services are available to them. That’s why Admiral Nursing is so unique as this specialist support bridges the health and social care system and guides families to the relevant support,be it financial or practical, that they require”.

– Barbara Stephens, CEO of Dementia UK

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Dementia Nurses shortage

Dementia Care Nurses Credit: PA

Dementia UK is claiming that people with dementia and their family carers are missing out on vital care and support due to limited access to Admiral Nurses. Latest figures reveal that there are only 102 Admiral Nurses available to the estimated 800,000 people diagnosed with dementia in the UK

That means there's a 1 in 7,000 chance of having access to the service. In many London boroughs there are no local Admiral Nursing services at all - just nine of the city’s 33 boroughs are served by an Admiral Nurse.

Admiral Nurses are senior mental health nurses specialising in dementia who support families from diagnosis to end of life care. The charity says it faces a constant battle for funding which is exacerbated byuncertainty within the health system and unwillingness to invest innew services.

Visit timeforacuppa for information on how to help raise awareness and funds for Admiral Nurses.

Look out for signs of dementia

As families gather over Christmas, a London-based charity is urging people to look out for signs of dementia in elderly relatives.

The Alzeimers Society says initial signs may include short-term memory loss, problems with thinking or reasoning, or unexplained anxiety, anger or depression.

Anyone concerned that relatives may have dementia is being advised to visit their GP for a proper diagnosis.

Research by the charity shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, this figure is predicted to soar to one million within a decade.