1. New Deal on dementia in Northern Ireland
Alzheimer’s Society is now starting out on its new five year strategy.
It emboldens us to be an inspirer for change, through campaigning for the rights of people affected by dementia and pressing for communities which are socially inclusive of people affected by the condition.
Dementia is a serious, progressive medical condition for which as yet there is no cure. It has a huge and changing impact on the person and on those close to them. Too often people with dementia and their families are left to cope with the effects of dementia alone and without the information, support and care they need.
That is why we are calling our new campaign It’s all about rights:
- a right to know about dementia and how it will affect you
- a right to support that helps you live well for longer and that maintains quality of life as dementia develops
- a right to make decisions about health, welfare and finance while you have capacity to do so
- a right to be part of your community and to be as active and involved as you choose, along with family carers who often feel isolated in their caring role
- a right to quality dementia care in all care settings including your own home
- a right to information about reducing our risk of developing dementia and recognising symptoms so we seek medical help early.
So Alzheimer’s Society is pressing political parties and individual candidates in the run up to polling day on March 2 to commit to the following:-
- To put the rights of people affected by dementia in Northern Ireland on the political agenda
- Take action in their constituency to reflect the rights of people affected by dementia
- Bring the rights of people affected by dementia to their work in the Northern Ireland Assembly