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Alzheimer Scotland’s Fair Dementia Care campaign secures over 7,000 signatures

Monday 23 December 2019

Alzheimer Scotland premiered a short documentary film back in October 2019 to support its Fair Dementia Care campaign. The campaign seeks to end the inequalities faced by people with advanced dementia, their families and carers, in terms of access to appropriate health care and the disproportionate impact of social care charges.

The Fair Dementia Care report highlights that dementia is caused by progressive and terminal neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, yet people with advanced dementia do not currently have equality of access to free health care that people with other progressive and life limiting illnesses rightly have.

The short film “Dementia: the true cost” explores the experiences of three carers and has been produced in partnership with author and retired journalist, Mike Edwards, who has reported on the work of Alzheimer Scotland over the past two decades.

Alzheimer Scotland locality staff have hosted film screening and engagement events all over Scotland over the past few months to discuss the issues raised in the film and to increase public support and to date over 7,000 people have signed up to support this campaign. Two of Scotland’s political parties have also committed to include Fair Dementia Care in their political manifestos for the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary elections in May 2021. In the meantime, Alzheimer Scotland continues to engage with the public and with politicians and other decision makers to step up the urgent need to bring about free dementia care in Scotland.

Pictured: Former First Minister Henry McLeish (left) and Alzheimer Scotland Chief Executive Henry Simmons (right)