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Support 'necessary for those with dementia'

Support 'necessary for those with dementia'
5th October 2009

It is essential for the families of those with dementia to be given support which is, at the moment, not readily available, according to a new report.

The findings of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics concluded that there is strong evidence to show that those diagnosed with the disease are then simply told to come back in a year's time, when in reality they should be given emotional help and practical support.

Despite this, the organisation did not criticise the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for denying drugs for those with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

Neil Hunt, the chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, said: "The Nuffield council recognises the need to combat stigma and emphasises how important it is to value the person with dementia and treat families as partners in care."

He added that the UK needs to ensure that carers are supported when making ethical decisions, involving those with dementia in every stage of their condition.

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