This week I attended a reception in Parliament to help Alzheimer’s Society raise awareness about the policies and practices that need to be put in place to help those affected.
There are currently 45,000 people living with dementia in Wales; this is estimated to increase to over 100,000 people by 2055. The Alzheimer’s Society believe that the cost of dementia is £1.4 billion per year if the value of unpaid carers is taken into account. Social care costs along amount to £535 million, whilst £196 million is spent on healthcare costs.
I attended the event to lend his support for their campaign of a UK wide strategy to tackle dementia and provide assistance that people need.
Recently, my constituency staff attended dementia training so that they are better informed on how to help those suffering with the disease or their families.
It is always important to meet with charities, such as Alzheimer’s Society, as it ensures that MPs have the most up-to-date data and information. This enables us to hold governments to account more effectively and to produce better public policy.
I have been active in ensuring that my staff are fully trained in how to help those with dementia. This is important and I would urge all other employers with public facing offices to undertake the training as well. It improves communication and understanding.
My role is to ensure that the UK government give the Welsh Assembly the funding we need to tackle this growing health problem. We have seen our budgets cut year on year, placing growing pressure on our services. Now we have a minority government in Westminster we will be able to demand more action for Wales.