Pilot dementia adviser scheme commences

The families of over 50s suffering from dementia are to benefit from an improved support scheme thanks to a new government initiative.

Care services minister Phil Hope has announced the commencement of a dementia advisory service at 22 sites around the country which will provide those affected by the disease with guidance on the care and support systems in place for sufferers.

Meanwhile, 18 other sites will be trialling support network schemes designed to test new ways of providing patients with help, such as cafes and social networking sites designed to help sufferers and their carers to meet up and interact.

Mr Hope said: "We know that people with dementia and their families are under huge strain. Dementia advisors will be there for them when they need help, from diagnosis onwards."

Earlier this month, the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry called on the government and the NHS to invest more into the research and treatment of dementia amid concerns that the disease is being overlooked.

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