Dementia - patients charter launched
- Published: Friday, 09 October 2009 08:57
The Herald - 8 Oct 2009
The Scottish Government needs to find another £15 million a year for the next five years to fund the better management of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a Dementia Manifesto launched by Alzheimer’s Scotland this week.
One-quarter of all deaths in Scotland are now due to the condition, which affects 70,000 people and their families – set to almost double in 20 years – and costs the country £1.7 billion a year, according to the charity. Yet it gets only two pence in every pound of medical research funding.One major demand of the manifesto, based on consultations with patients and their families, is for more to be done to help people when they are diagnosed. “No-one should be left to face this on their own,” says the document, which aims to influence Scotland’s first National Strategy on Alzheimer’s due next spring.Also this week, the Scottish government launches a national consultation which will include a face-to-face event to get input from sufferers and carers.
CASE STUDY: ‘Who was going to put me back together again?’
- Published: Friday, 09 October 2009 09:00
Agnes Houston, nurse-manager of a busy chiropractor’s clinic, lynchpin of her family and carer for her ailing father, thought of herself as the strong person, the one who organised others. Until things started to go wrong.
Nurses need specialist training for Alzheimer's
- Published: Thursday, 24 September 2009 12:18
The Herald - 18 September 2009
ALZHEIMER'S is a 'Cinderella' condition which is stigmatised and hidden 'the way cancer was 30 years ago' according to the author of a report to be launched on World Alzheimer Day on Monday.
Nurses should be given special training to deal with the growing number of people who face a diagnosis of dementia in Scotland, according to nurse consultant Dot Weaks, whose report 'There is much more to my practice than checking up on tablets' is to be launched at the University of Abertay, Dundee. She found that nurses who were given training in helping patients to come to terms with the knowledge they have Alzheimer's were significantly more effective in dealing with patients.