Did you know that 1 in 3 people with Downs Syndrome will develop dementia in their 50s? And that in prisons, inmates over the age of 60 are the fastest growing age group? Or that 1 in 5 lesbian, gay and bisexual people expect to be treated worse than a heterosexual person if they need home care services? These are just some examples of concerning statistics from seldom-heard groups that the Dementia Action Alliance are aiming to support as part of their upcoming campaign From Seldom Heard to Seen and Heard.
DAA members and leaders in the field of health and social care will come together on Tuesday 19th September for the launch of the DAA Seldom Heard Groups campaign From Seldom Heard to Seen and Heard. Speakers include:
Nuzhat Ali Public Health England
Shelagh Robinson Person Living with Dementia
Toby Williamson Consultant
Sally Knocker Dementia Care Matters
Dr Karen Dodd Co-Director of Services for People with Learning Disabilities
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
DAA Partnerships Manager, Kelly Kaye said;
I am looking forward to welcoming delegates to the launch of our campaign. People from seldom heard groups face barriers to accessing dementia diagnosis and good post diagnostic support, which at times fails to meet their needs. Challenges can include a lack of awareness and cultural understanding across health and social care settings. This problem has become more acute as public service budgets have been cut, and the DAA are playing our part to do something about this issue.
Delegates will hear the recommendations from the roundtables, a panel discussion involving people living with dementia and carers, and table discussions focussing on:
Travellers and Gypsies
Young Onset Dementia
Delegate will then be asked to pledge support to the campaign and commit to taking action.