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Training and education in Alzheimer's 'needed to prevent abuse'

Training and education in Alzheimer's 'needed to prevent abuse'
12th February 2009

A national charity has called for an improvement in the training, education and general information associated with Alzheimer's disease in order to prevent mistreatment and abuse of sufferers.

Clive Evers, the head of professional liaison at the Alzheimer's Society, said that more should be provided through a national public programme - which could partner the newly-proposed National Dementia Strategy - to improve help for both family members of the afflicted and the patient themselves.

"People need more appropriate forms of support to enable them to report concerns e.g. a single telephone number. They also want to be kept informed of action and developments on their report or complaint," the expert added.

The National Dementia Strategy has been described as a landmark document which will target dementia care across the UK, setting out initiatives to improve care and knowledge on the subject.

It is hoped that health and social care commissioners and service planning, development and monitoring services will also be supplied with necessary information to improve their contributions to fighting the disease.

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