So last week we had the G8 Dementia Summit and below is a brief outline of promises and I think predictions
What I did not hear was any discussion or answers to the questions we asked each day whilst caring for mum ,from the letters I recive ,from the people I meet
Another day another announcement of what might be, and there is a theme ,we need policies and strategies ,but how many times do the ideas or promises come knocking on your door ?
In my experience not often enought
We need a reality check on dementia and the impact it has on families ,less talk ,less rhetoric more action ,kindness understanding door reaching and support for families is what we really need
Below is a letter I Recived a few months ago and none of the answers or promises seem to answer the questions below from the G8 summit , it means nothing to me Oh Vienna
Dear Tommy - March 2013
I am writing to see if anything can be done to help Us
I am 80 years of age and my husband almost 77 years old and he suffers from VASCULAR DEMENTIA and life is very tough for me as his carer. He is in the middle stages of Dementia.
As said I am finding it very tough and there is no one to share and help me get through. I feel so low at times and so VERY LONELY – I NEED a human listening ear and also an understanding one.
Family do not seem to understand – only the person or the carer who lives with dementia knows what it is like.
We have been married 53 years and had a very happy marriage until my husband took dementia now I Am LOSING MY MARRIAGE AND LOSING MY HUSBAND.
PLEASE CAN ANYONE DO ANYTHING – TO HELP US .
Summit round up
At this week’s G8 summit on Dementia, called by the UK as part of its presidency, health and science leaders agreed a package of measures to address the growing global health, social and economic issue of the condition. Currently 36 million people across the world have dementia and the World Health Organisation predicts that numbers will nearly double every two decades.
The commitments made this week by the G8 countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and USA included;