26 April 2006
Research shows that dementia affects one in five people over 80, and one in three over 90, yet many cases go unrecognised.
"There is a stigma attached to dementia because it damages a person's ability to communicate, but exclusion is part of everyday life whether people have dementia or not," Orrell says. "Dementia is also much more widespread than people realise. What is important is that services should be based on individual needs. At the moment there are many people with dementia who have unmet needs. Extra-care sounds good, but it needs to be tried and tested and we need a range of provision." …
The Guardian (London)