Debate on support for dementia sufferers


Peers took part in a debate on the support available for sufferers of dementia on 22 January 2014.

The discussion, led by Conservative peer Baroness Gardner of Parkes, also covered how to raise public awareness of the condition.

In December last year David Cameron hosted a dementia summit in London where G8 members committed to finding a treatment or cure for the disease by 2025.

The G8 said it would "develop a co-ordinated international research action plan" to target the gaps in research and ways to address them; the UK has already said it aims to double its annual research funding to £132m by 2025.

Dementia is an umbrella term that describes about 100 diseases in which brain cells die on a huge scale; all of them cause damage to memory, language, mental agility, understanding and judgement.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form, affecting 62% of those living with dementia.

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