But Ray Boswell, aged 75, of Stourport, says those with the disease and their carers need support “here and now” to cope with the impact of the devastating degenerative brain illness. Prime Minister David Cameron said a cure could be “within our grasp” when he addressed scientists, politicians and campaigners at the dementia summit in London this week, called by the UK as part of its year-long chairmanship of the G8.
Mr Cameron wants the Government to double public, commercial and charitable research and development in dementia, from £66 million in 2015, to £132 million by 2025. He said the world should be “just as resolute” in tackling dementia as it had been in the past against malaria, cancer, HIV and Aids. (more…)
For many unpaid family carers Christmas will be the most dreaded time of year
Photo and blog by Maureen Oakes
Christmas is a time of year when families get together, a time of joy according to the TV, media etc, but for many unpaid family carers this Christmas it will be the most dreaded time of year caring 24/7 for their loved ones, essential services mainly closed for the holidays, and those needing outside help daily to support them with the demand of their caring role will likely have been reduced, coupled with this the daily struggle with cuts in benefits and services 2013 has seen, especially the bedroom tax.
We must not forget the person being cared for and not forgetting the elderly, for them it can be equally dreading but in a different way, while their carer feels isolated so do they, when you become ill gradually family and friends contacts reduce in numbers, anyone can become ill/disabled in an instant, it’s not their fault, equally anyone can become a carer in an instant. (more…)