We’re living longer, which is something to celebrate, however, living longer, can bring more health complications.
This week is Dementia Awareness Week, and a lot has been happening to raise awareness of this condition.
Dementia mostly affects people over the age of 70 and is uncommon in people under the age of 60 but it can appear, though rarely, in people in their 40s or younger. At the Balmoral Show last week, we heard from many hundreds of people who highlighted ‘care of the elderly’ as something they’d like our decision makers to focus on.
We all know someone who has dementia: a neighbour, a friend, a colleague, a family member. A report from the Department of Health states that around 23,000 people in Northern Ireland will be living with dementia by 2017.
It’s important that our Health and Social Care system is planned in a way to support this growing need. We’re currently finding out what issues exist for people with dementia and their families.