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FEARS OVER DEMENTIA CARE CRISIS.

Byline: ROY BAYLISS Staff Reporter

AMIDLAND town is aiming to become more 'dementiafriendly', amid worrying research which indicates the number of people living with the condition will triple worldwide by 2050.

A residents' group in Redditch has unveiled a Community Action Guide to raise awareness of the help and support available and call for more respect for sufferers.

Redditch Friends Together organised an awareness event at the King-fisher Shopping Centre on Friday. The guide includes information on where transport, medical services, businesses and staff can all help.

A Redditch Friends Together spokesman said: "As a group of people who know first hand the reality of living with dementia, it is important that we can help people to live well with dementia. The community can make a big difference by taking small actions, and that is what the guide is all about."

Gill Read, Service Manager for Alzheimer's Society, said: "A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported, and confident they can contribute to community life.

"One in three people with dementia surveyed by Alzheimer's Society this year are only leaving their homes once a week and one in 10 getting out just once a month.

"We are calling on communities like Redditch to become dementia friendly and change this unacceptable situation for people with dementia."

The move comes as new research shows there has been a 22 per cent rise in the number of people living with dementia globally since previous estimates three years ago.

Published ahead of this week's G8 summit on dementia being held in London, the research showed 44 million people were now thought to be living with dementia. This would reach 76 million in 2030 before hitting 135 million by 2050, the report stated.

In 2010, the organisation predicted 115 million people would have dementia by 2050.

The report estimated that for Western Europe alone, dementia cases would double from 7.8 million at present to 16 million in 2050.

Researchers said 32 per cent of people with dementia currently lived in G8 countries (38 per cent high income countries).

This is compared to 62 per cent who lived in low and middle income countries.

FACTFILE One in three people over 65 will develop dementia 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer's disease. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051 Alzheimer's Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit alzheimers.org.uk
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