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Price of dementia: the families struggling to get NHS help

Dementia Awareness Week aims to raise understanding of the often heartbreaking process of trying to get NHS funding

The Observer,

Tenacious Ann Reid has fought hard to get Continuing Healthcare funding for her mother Peggy Belcher. Photograph: Sam Mellish/Age U

  • Thousands of relatives and carers of dementia sufferers are battling to receive funding towards crippling care bills. Under the NHS Continuing Healthcare scheme, older people can qualify to have care and nursing home fees paid in full if they are judged to have chronic health needs. This money can help alleviate the burden for families who are otherwise forced to spend every penny and sell their home to meet the cost of care.

Dementia’s tragic toll: 50,000 quit jobs to care for sufferers

  • More than 65,000 people are now juggling work and care for sufferer
  • Nine out of ten businesses say they would consider flexible hours for carers
  • Campaigners say more needs to be done to help those with condition
  • Celebrities Alesha Dixon, Ray Winstone and Amanda Holden back new drive

By Daily Mail Reporter

More than 50,000 carers will have to quit their jobs to look after loved ones with dementia this year, research shows.

article-2622011-081B13D6000005DCDementia care costs businesses in England £1.6billion a year and 66,000 employees have to adjust their work schedule to make time for their caring responsibilities.

Public Health England and leading health charity, the Alzheimer’s Society, have joined forces in a major campaign to encourage the public to tackle one of the nation’s biggest health issues.

Elderly who lose interest in pastimes could be at risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Apathy towards hobbies in old age could be a sign of dementia, scientists warn

 

A study showed elderly people who are apathetic but not suffering depression have shrinking amounts of grey and white matter

Losing interest in hobbies and other activities in older age could be an early sign of dementia, according to scientists.

Apathy in older people suggests a loss of grey matter and offers doctors a new tool with which to identify a group of the population at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

A study showed elderly people who are apathetic but not suffering depression have shrinking amounts of grey and white matter – neurons in the brain that control memory and communication respectively.

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