Barbara joined in a parliamentary debate on 14th July on the topic of dementia care.
In her speech, Barbara focussed on early treatment and intervention, good support for carers of dementia sufferers and reform for the funding of social care.
There are some 2,200 people with dementia in Salford and numbers are predicted to rise dramatically in the future as more people live to an older age. A National Dementia Strategy is due to be published in the Autumn.
“It is estimated that 2,200 people in Salford have dementia, so there are about 1,000 such people in my constituency. With their carers, they are a significant group. Early intervention could and would prevent later costly treatment, as well as preserving quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.”
Responding to the debate, Minister for Care Services, Ivan Lewis said:
“My hon, friend the member for Worsley has an impressive track record since becoming a Member of Parliament of championing the cause of carers and ensuring that social care has a much greater priority than in the past. Dementia is now acknowledged as one of the big health and social care challenges of our time. The challenge for all of us will then be to ensure that we deliver the strategy so that in every community people with dementia and their families have access to the high quality support that they deserve.”