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More support for dementia carers

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The G8 Dementia Summit, highlighted the importance of support for carers and the patients and the importance of keeping individual care at the core of the focus on dementia.

The G8 Summit Communiqué outlined the need to provide better and more concrete measures for improving services and support for people with dementia and their carers.

This includes providing more advice for care-planning, the appropriate use of medication, community-based programmes to increase inclusion, delivering services through integrated care, tailoring care to the individual and finding affordable options for everyday support.

Training will also be provided for carers on how to deal with dementia related behaviours and support for carers in acute situations and crisis.

Speaking at the Summit, Prime Minister David Cameron said: ‘It doesn't matter whether you're in London or Los Angeles, in rural India or urban Japan - dementia steals lives, it wrecks families, it breaks hearts and that is why all of us here are so determined to beat it.'

The World Health Organisation (WHO) also announced that they would launch an online platform to support carers and families of people living with dementia.

The Summit also recognised the importance of understanding the risk factors for dementia in younger people, in order to identify the ways that risk can be reduced.

Currently 36 million people across the world have dementia and the WHO predicts that numbers will nearly double every two decades.

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