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Health Secretary to pledge £50m on dementia care

  • Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will pledge £50 million to help hospitals and care homes create more dementia-friendly environments.
  • The funding will be used to create calming surroundings which will help avoid confusion.
  • The money could be used for hi-tech sensory rooms or specially adapted outdoor spaces.
  • Or it could be used for simple measures such as creating large print signs or providing photos of local scenes from years gone by to help people feel connected to their past.
  • Local areas can bid to receive part of the funding for their services over the next few months, with the adaptations expected to begin in April next year.

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Hunt to warn of dementia threat

Jeremy Hunt will tell the National Children's and Adults' Services Conference in Eastbourne, East Sussex, that dementia is one of the "biggest threats" to society. He is expected to say;

We've all seen the reports - of people with dementia being criminally abused by their care workers or drugged up with a chemical cosh just so a care assistant can get a good night's sleep.

These may be extreme, isolated events but they highlight a culture where dementia is stigmatised and where those with dementia are not valued. It is not acceptable. It is not good enough. It must and it will change.

We have to face facts. As a society, dementia is one of the biggest threats we will face in the 21st century.

It will affect us all - whether it's someone we know, someone we care for, or even ourselves.

Husband of early-onset dementia sufferer urges more young people to be aware

ITV News Reporter Emily Morgan met Steve and Michelle Boryszczuk, who have been married for 27 years.

Four years ago, when she was just 39, Michelle was diagnosed with dementia and now Steve says he wants younger people to be more aware of the condition:

Up to 400,000 people in England may have dementia without knowing it a new government campaign has warned.

Burstow criticises government over pensioner care plan

Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow, a former health minister in the Coalition, has accused Chancellor George Osborne of blocking plans to solve the crisis in elderly care.

Burstow, writing in the Daily Telegraph, said the Treasury were "an obstacle" to plans drawn up by economist Andrew Dilnot last year.

“For the thousands of families navigating their way through an often complex and confusing care system reform cannot come soon enough.

“For too many, the experience is degrading, stripping them of their dignity and their assets. The longer Government delays, the more older people and their families will feel betrayed.

"The Treasury’s view is simple, kick the can down the road despite our rising elderly population. There’s no sense of urgency. No recognition that left unreformed there is no incentive for families to plan and prepare."

– Paul Burstow MP

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Osborne accused of blocking pensioner care reforms

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George Osborne has delayed on care reforms, says MP Paul Burstow Credit: SLP/RT/rob

The Treasury are obstructing plans to solve the crisis in elderly care, a former health minister has told the Daily Telegraph.

Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow, who lost his job in the recent Cabinet reshuffle, said George Osborne's department had "no sense of urgency" to help pensioners who are forced to sell their homes to pay for care.

The criticism comes as the government launched a campaign on Friday to help combat dementia.

Burstow accused the Treasury of "smothering" the Dilnot plan, devised by economist Andrew Dilnot, who recommended a lifetime cap of £35,000 on care bills for the elderly and disabled adults.

Health Minister: 'Early diagnosis can help dementia sufferers'

The potential prospect of getting dementia is something that causes people to be very anxious and fearful so it’s incredibly important we do everything we can to raise awareness of the condition and also raise awareness of the absolute importance of early diagnoses.

So one of the key messages today, is if you have concerns about a loved one, have that difficult conversation with them. Talk to them about it, get to your GP as quickly as you can because we know from the evidence that early diagnosis can make a real difference to health and well-being.

– Health Minister Norman Lamb MP
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