More help demanded for dementia patients in Yorkshire

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: More help demanded for dementia patients in Yorkshire More help demanded for dementia patients in Yorkshire

A CAMPAIGN has started to ensure that no-one in Yorkshire is denied access to information and support after being diagnosed with dementia.

The Alzheimer's Society says 21 per cent of those affected by dementia were given no information or support after diagnosis, according to a poll.

Now it has started the Right to Know campaign which aims to ensure that everyone who needs it has access to information and help in dealing with dementia.

The campaign is aimed at voicing concerns of people affected by dementia, with 97 per cent of respondents agreeing that the Government should do more to support people who have a dementia diagnosis.

Judith Gregory, the Alzheimer’s Society regional operations manager for Yorkshire and Humber said: "Like entering a maze blindfolded, too many people with dementia are left without a guiding hand to help them come to terms with this debilitating, terminal condition.

"The Government has shown clear commitment to improving the lives of people with dementia and action is under way to improve diagnosis rates.

"However, we cannot escape the lack of support following a diagnosis which leaves vulnerable people adrift. People living with dementia tell us that with the right support they can live well and Alzheimer's Society is here to support them, but a bold commitment is also needed to reach all those in need.

"We are urging the Government to ensure every person with dementia has access to a Dementia Adviser - a named contact who can help them come to terms with the diagnosis and help them find the support they need to live their life."

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