Carers supporting people with dementia in the Brecon area have contributed to a major report. 'Dementia: More than memory loss' considers the needs of those living with or affected by dementia.
The report captures the voices of people living with dementia and their carers from across Wales, who took part in individual interviews and focus group sessions to share their experiences and the challenges they face in many aspects of their day-to-day lives.
The report found that, despite progress in recent years, there is still a lack of knowledge and understanding of dementia, both amongst professionals and wider society, and that dementia services often lack the flexibility to effectively meet the needs of people living with dementia and their carers. Furthermore, a lack of co-operation between services creates unnecessary difficulties and barriers for people living with dementia and their carers, and there are still significant variations across Wales in the quality of services available.
Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, said: “Dementia is a devastating illness and its impact is almost impossible to imagine. That is why it’s essential to listen to the voices of the people who have highlighted the huge range of challenges they have faced in accessing the services, support, information and advice that can make a big difference to their lives."
Click here to find out more and for a link to the full report.