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Dementia has been very prominent in the news recently and it’s good that the Government finally seems to be taking this issue seriously, especially during Dementia Awareness Week.

Did your readers know that there are more than 800,000 people with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, in the UK?

As the population ages, this figure is set to rocket to more than a million by 2021 and 1.7 million by 2050. If we are to avert a full-scale dementia crisis, we need to take action now.

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be a lonely, stressful experience at the best of times, but what’s worse is that a great many people providing care for loved ones aren’t getting any support at all because they don’t even realise they are carers. Instead, they are struggling on, alone and unsupported.

I work for a charity called Vitalise, one of only a handful of organisations providing respite breaks for families coping with the devastating effect of Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as other disabilities.

Each year many thousands of people take much-needed breaks with us, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. Urgent action is needed now to reach out to the UK’s invisible army of carers.

To find out more please call 0303 3030145 or email bookings@vitalise.org.uk or visit www.vitalise.org.uk.

Colin Brook

Vitalise

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