The Welsh government is launching a Dementia Consultation to seek the views of those living with dementia in Wales and anyone affected by it.
The Consultation is asking for patients and carers to share their experience to help the Welsh government shape its first dementia strategy for Wales.
The 2 month consultation is aimed at improving dementia care in Wales to make life easier for those affected by the condition. The Alzheimer's Society estimate that 45,000 people are currently affected by dementia in Wales, and that figure is expected to grow by 40% in the next decade.
"We strongly encourage contributions and insight from people affected by dementia to help guide Welsh Government.
"This is a real opportunity to deliver better dementia care, support, and services.
"We will be pushing for a strategy that is ambitious and achievable in order to deliver real change which fully supports the 45,000 people with dementia in Wales and make Wales a truly dementia friendly nation.
"This consultation is hugely significant for people affected by dementia right across Wales today and for the years to come."
Director of Alzheimer's Society in Wales
Of the 45,000 people living with dementia in Wales, 60% are believed to have Alzheimer's disease, though more than half of these are yet to receive a formal diagnosis.
In its 45,000 Reasons campaign, the Alzhiemer's Society have been campaigning to improve diagnosis rates in Wales which are currently around 43%, compared to 64% in Northern Ireland.
The campaign also calls for a key worker system to be adopted to improve the amount of information and support available to people at the point of diagnosis.
Consultation events to discuss the first draft of the new Dementia Strategy are being held at locations across Wales throughout January and early February.
· Thursday January 12th – Bangor – Bangor University
· Wednesday January 18th – Llandrindod Wells – Metropole Hotel & Spa
Thursday January 19th - Newtown - Plas Dolerw
· Wednesday January 25th – Pontypridd – Muni Arts Centre
· Wednesday February 8th – St. Clears, Carmarthenshire – The Gate
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