Health ministers from G8 countries are being brought together for a dementia summit in London on 11th December. Delegates will be discussing how to develop an effective international solution to the condition and Care UK’s head of dementia, Maizie Mears-Owen, was invited to share her hopes for the summit on the government’s Dementia Challenge blog.
The inaugural G8 Dementia Summit has been organised to help tackle the condition which by 2020 is predicted to affect one million UK residents. It is hoped that by encouraging international co-operation and sharing research and best practice, more effective therapies to slow dementia’s impact can be developed.
Launched in March 2012, the Dementia Challenge is designed to help make positive changes to the lives of people living with dementia, as well as their families and carers. It focuses on driving improvements in health and care, creating dementia friendly communities and improving dementia research.
Maizie’s blog Reaching out: why a focus on dementia care in the community should be a priority is available to read now. She discusses the role of wellbeing centres and how they can help to support both family carers and people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Maizie Mears-Owen joined Care UK in 2008 and leads a team of people dedicated to devising and implementing new, improved ways of caring for people in care homes run by the independent health and social care organisation.
Care UK has a reputation for providing excellent dementia care and has developed an innovative training programme to give carers first-hand experience of the effects the condition has on the senses. The programme encourages people to empathise with individuals living with dementia and has been delivered to thousands of colleagues in both health and social care settings.