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Dementia patients in Northern Ireland 'need more help'

Dementia patients in Northern Ireland 'need more help'
1st September 2010

New research has shown that people in Northern Ireland do not believe there is enough help for people with dementia.

According to the Alzheimer's Society, as many as 90 per cent of people with dementia and their carers in the region think that more assistance should be provided, while just 13 per cent feel they regularly receive high-quality care.

This is a serious indictment of current dementia care strategy, the charity claims, and illustrates just how vital it is that the government makes improvements in this area.

The Alzheimer's Society's acting director for Northern Ireland Deidre Blakely believes that by taking action now, quality of life for people with dementia can be improved and millions of pounds of public money can be saved.

"We also need to see a clearer road map for change with an accurate picture of the inconsistent standards we have today and the ideals that we have to achieve," she added.

The charity estimates that more than one million people in the UK will have dementia by 2025.

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