The Liberal Democrat Party launched its 2015 election manifesto today (15 April) which included pledges to increase support for carers and invest in dementia research.
As well as this there was a commitment to continue to integrate health and social care systems and end the practice of ‘care cramming’ by care workers.
Alzheimer’s Society’s own election manifesto called on the new government to ensure everyone diagnosed with dementia has access to a Dementia Adviser, demonstrate leadership in creating a dementia-friendly society and ensure that people with dementia receive the same state support as people with comparable conditions.
Responding to the Liberal Democrat manifesto, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, Jeremy Hughes said:
“Dementia is the biggest health and social care challenge facing the country. The Liberal Democrat commitment to be ambitious on dementia outcomes is welcome.
The half a million family carers for people with dementia are the unsung heroes providing vital support to loved ones. The commitment to increase support and recognition of their role in caring will be widely welcomed.
The commitment to double dementia research in the next Parliament is vital and must focus on prevention and care as well as seeking a cure.”