Gordon has met at Westminster with families whose relatives have dementia and need care as Alzheimer’s Society UK launched their campaign for a £2.4 billion ring- fenced Dementia Fund in the forthcoming Government Spending Review.
He spoke to affected families at the launch as he saw an exhibition including photographs of the individuals affected, accompanied by text about their situation and the impact on families with a dementia – affected relative.
Gordon said: “It was very poignant talking to them and discussing the current uneven support and post code lottery that can impact upon them? It can mean people losing their family homes, and decisions about whether a condition needs social care as opposed to medical care can literally cost those families tens of thousands of pounds.”
“Having had two experiences of dementia over the years in my own close family I recognise the stress that brings and we urgently need Government to get a grip on the problem and come up with a solution. It is a scandal that the promised Green Paper supposed to find a way through the present difficulties, has been postponed repeatedly by this Government. We need clarity on how to support people with dementia fairly as failing to do so brings more admissions of sufferers to hospitals which could be avoided – a figure up 70% in the last 5 years.’
“With over a million people having dementia diagnoses in the 2020s and rising, we need to deliver high quality care to those who need it. For Blackpool with the strains already on its adult care capability from the council because of Government funding cuts and the pressures on hospital admissions, this is something needing urgently to be addressed.’
“I am encouraged by the response of individual groups and the third sector across Blackpool working with statutory bodies to raise awareness and support, not just of Alzheimer’s , but also of vascular dementia and other related conditions.’
“The Dementia Garden at the Solaris Centre is a brilliant and poignant addition to that, and I am currently supporting their nomination for an award by the Fields in Trust competition. I have signed Parliamentary motion 2360 calling on Government to act on a dedicated Dementia Fund and support the letter which will go to the new Prime Minister to that effect.”