Alzheimer Scotland response to Dementia Diagnosis Report
Alzheimer Scotland welcomes the publication of the Dementia Diagnosis report from the Scottish Government this week. This marks a clear recognition of the value of dementia research and of Scotland specific research data.
Jim Pearson, Alzheimer Scotland’s Director of Policy and Research, commented:
“There has been a lot of positive progress over recent years but these figures show there is a great deal still to do. We need to rise to what is Scotland’s biggest health and social care challenge. The figures will enable us to better work together with our partners, to focus resources and to plan the right services and supports for people living with dementia, their carers and their families.
“Scotland has been at the forefront of improving support for people newly diagnosed with dementia, through the Scottish Government’s one year guarantee of Post Diagnostic Support, based on a model developed by Alzheimer Scotland. It is clear that Health and Social Care Partnerships must continue to prioritise investment in this area to support people to come to terms with their diagnosis, live well with the condition and continue to do the things that matter to them in the communities in which they live. Getting post-diagnostic support right and delivered remains a key priority for us.
“As people’s dementia progresses, they need access to integrated care delivered in partnership with the person with dementia and their family and carers; Alzheimer Scotland is working hard to engage with decision makers to ensure this happens across Scotland.
“Overall, this publication is a stark reminder that dementia remains a public health priority at Scottish, UK and global level. We need much more research into the causes of dementia, treatments and supports that allow people to live well with dementia as well as the prevention and cure of dementia.
“If you have any questions about dementia and of the services available in Scotland call Alzheimer Scotland’s 24 Hour Helpline on 0808 808 3000. Open 24 hours a day, every single day, we are here to help make sure nobody faces dementia alone.”
NHS National Services Scotland’s Information Services Division (NSS ISD) carried out the report in behalf of the Scottish Government – it can be accessed here: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/12/9363