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WALES: Specialist dementia care need is urgent.

Byline: By CARL BUTLER

ONE of the UK's leading experts on dementia says there is an urgent need for more specialist care to be provided in North Wales.

According to Professor Bob Woods, from Bangor University, the problem is becoming increasingly acute because more and more people are living longer.

Professor Woods, who runs the university's Dementia Development Centre, has welcomed plans for a new pounds 3 centre of excellence in Wrexham, dedicated to dementia care.

The Pendine Park care organisation is applying for planning permission to build the new centre on the outskirts of the town.

If approved by Wrexham County Borough Council, it would create 75 new jobs and take the number of people employed by the Pendine Park group to more than 500.

Professor Woods said that better provision for people with dementia would ease a lot of pressure on the over-stretched resources of the NHS.

He added: "Because many more people are now living into their 70s and 80s, many more than ever in history, we're seeing many more cases of dementia.

"It's because people are living longer rather than dementia becoming more common.

"That creates a lot of demand on services. People with dementia are major users of health and social care services.

"We hear a lot about the pressures and strains on the National Health Service and waiting lists and bed blockers and so on.

"In fact, if there were better services for people with dementia many of those problems would be resolved."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Oct 29, 2007
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