Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed the Scottish Government’s new Dementia Strategy 2017-2020, with its focus on modern and person-centred care. Transforming services to ensure people with dementia get the support they need, at all ages and stages of the illness, is at the centre of Scotland’s third dementia strategy.
Commenting, Linda said:
“Good progress has been made in recent years in how we diagnose, treat and care for those affected by dementia. It’s important that we do more to ensure care and treatment is timely and responsive to the needs and circumstances of individuals and their carers.
“We must also continue to develop the support people need, not only from the moment of diagnosis but throughout their lives. A particular concern is early onset dementia. I have been pushing Government for some time on the very special challenges that face families dealing with dementia in people younger than we would expect. I’ll continue to do that.
“The Scottish Government will work in partnership with the NHS, councils, care providers, dementia charities and carers’ organisations to deliver this strategy – and, most importantly, will have close engagement with people with dementia, their families and carers at the heart of the agenda.
“I’m pleased that there are many good things happening locally – such as East Kilbride and District Dementia Carers Group. There are also fab ‘dementia champions’, such as Mairi-Louise Houldsworth, featured in the News a fortnight ago, who work to encourage others to make a difference to people living with dementia. The new Strategy will help to build on this great work.”
Pictured: Linda at a Dementia Fundraiser at Hairmyres Hospital