G8 dementia summit hosted by the UK

The UK is to host the first G8 dementia summit on 10/11 December 2013 to lead international action on tackling the condition.

The number of people with dementia is forecast to double every 20 years so the UK will seek international collaboration to respond to the problem. The G8 summit aims to coordinate the research between countries, companies, researchers and companies to help people with dementia get the best care world-wide.

The summit will draw on the expertise and experience of the OECD, World Health Organisation, industry, national research organisations, key opinion leaders, researchers and physicians.

Jeremy Hunt has talked about the G8 dementia summit on the Department of Health website.

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4 Responses to G8 dementia summit hosted by the UK

  1. Timothy Gillott says:

    Does this mean charities etc. who are involved with dementia care and research will get more funding? I work for dementia charity who have to keep making redundancies every year. No plan can work if all the jobs involved have disappeared. Or are we hoping other countries will fill this gap?

  2. Mike Cox says:

    This is a very good idea to have a summit on “DEMENTIA”.The damage of dementia needs to be looked at thoroughly and by having a summit on the subject can only be good.

  3. Jane Aston says:

    Both my parents have dementia, they are both 87, my Dad’s dementia was preceded by a stroke 4 years ago, my mother’s following a psychotic episode a couple of weeks after my Dad’s stroke. At present, we are managing to keep them in their own home with carers coming in morning and evening. However, my brother (who lives only a couple of miles away) and I (I live 100 miles away but am there most weekends) are finding we are getting to the stage where my parents’ dementia is consuming our lives (as I’m sure is the same for many other families).

    While the carers are all kind, I don’t feel they really understand the condition – we are continually receiving phone calls, that keys, tablets, hearing aids, etc are all missing – my Mum denies hiding things, but we know she does, and unfortunately the carers do not have time to keep searching, so my folks can sometimes be left without their medication, hearing aids, etc. As a nurse myself, still working full time, I know how time consuming looking after someone with dementia can be. Health care assistant’s pay is so poor and their workload so heavy, that I understand that they haven’t got the time or maybe the understanding to help the patient with dementia, not to feel stressed due to their lack of cognition.

    We are beginning to feel exhausted! Working full time and then running my folks’ home as well (we put power of attourney in place for both of them several years ago, so at least my brother (accountant) can keep their finances in order). We both have children late 20’s/early 30’s, 2 of whom live on the other side of the world and we are hoping that a new generation will be brought into the world in the very near future.

    We love our parents very much; they have been an incredible influence on our lives, and we obviously want to do the very best we can for them. However, unless we can find carers who can understand their condition a little better, I might as well give up work and become a full time carer, which for my own psyche, would be a bad decision. Food is a huge issue – there are no meals on wheels services where they live, and despite us making food, my Mum doesn’t think about eating (other than chocolate!) and for my Dad it’s important as he’s recently been diagnosed as diabetic! We’ve ordered frozen meals, but my Mum has lost the ability to turn on the microwave! It is very sad, and I think thousands of families must be in the same position. There definitely needs to be more services available in the community for patients with dementia. My Dad attends a stroke club once a week, which used to be £5 but has now gone up to £67! We think it is still good for my Dad to attend this, but many people wouldn’t be in a position to pay this ……….. Please help all these families who are so desperately trying to do the best for their loved ones, with very little suitably experienced help. Thank you

  4. Carolyn Goble says:

    I agree with most of the comments already published. Research need to be focused on the day to day needs of people with dementia and how quality care can be funded. I have just completed a Masters in Dementia Care and feel frustrated that so much research is theory based and models of care which do not relate to practice, there need to be a much strng links between the two. Research informing practice and practice informing research.

    Funding need to be directed towards the needs of the individual with dementia and their carers.

    (Organisation/Role of this commenter: Head of Learning & Development)

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