A report from UK Dementia Congress.
Paola Barbarino, CEO of Alzheimer’s Disease International, concluded her talk (via video) with a challenge that resonated strongly with those present:
- We call on the UK government to commit to the long-awaited reviewing of social care and ultimately improve access to post-diagnostic support for those living with dementia and their families
- We also urge the UK government to resume its international leadership role in dementia as it has fallen by the wayside in the latest years and this has been felt sharply in the international community especially at WHO, G7 and G20 level.
“We have seen a sharp decline in the UK government engagement at all levels”, she said, and the fact that the UK is not engaging at international level anymore “is also having a very detrimental effect on other countries and the international movement.”