The Alzheimer’s Society is campaigning for towns and cities to become “dementia-friendly” in order to improve the social inclusion of sufferers.
The results of surveys conducted by the Alzheimer’s Society and YouGov regarding the problems of loneliness and social isolation for people with dementia are discussed in the context of other relevant statistics.
Read more: BBC News: Loneliness of dementia revealed.
Loneliness of dementia revealed. London: BBC News, September 3rd 2013.
This relates to:
Building dementia-friendly communities: a priority for everyone. London: Alzheimer’s Society, September 2013.
There is also an Executive Summary.
The economic case for dementia-friendly communities:
“To put it into figures, a year living in the community with dementia (excluding the initial memory services assessment) is estimated to cost £24,128. This includes the cost of an integrated health and social care package, together with respite, therapies and medication. A year in residential care costs an average of £35,424. Therefore, for every person who is able to live at home rather than in residential care there is a saving of £11,296 per year or £941 per month. Therefore, if just 5% of admissions to residential care were to be delayed for one year as a result of dementia-friendly communities, there would be a net saving of £55 million per annum across England, Wales and Northern Ireland”. (p.7)
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter, Volume 3 Issue 10, September 2013].