Alzheimer’s Research UK has welcomed the publication of a new State of the Nation report, highlighting regional disparities in diagnosis rates and standards of care for dementia. The report also reveals that Government funding for dementia research has increased by £24million in the last three years from £28.2m to £52.2m in 2012/3.
The Department of Health’s A State of the Nation Report on Dementia Care and Support also brings welcome news of progress in reducing the use of anti-psychotic medication, prolonged use of which has been shown to increase risk of death for people with dementia.
Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“It’s positive to see dementia getting the attention it deserves, and to see historically low funding levels for dementia research finally beginning to be addressed. Against a backdrop of dementia’s £23bn cost to the UK economy, the amount being spent on research into the condition is still far below that of other serious diseases, and funding must continue to increase if we are to beat the diseases that cause this devastating condition.
“The forthcoming G8 summit is a tremendous opportunity for dementia research and we have real hope that these talks will lead to positive, co-ordinated action. We owe it to the hundreds of thousands of people with dementia in the UK, and the millions more across the globe, to seize this moment and work together for a solution.”