John Ramsay’s thoughts for World Alzheimer’s Day 2021

Despite the challenges, the levels of commitment we see from the care teams around the country is incredible and hugely inspiring to us as a team.

Sadly, the past eighteen months have left a devastating legacy. The impact on care staff, family relationships and individuals’ well-being is significant. It’s been reported that 1 in 10 dementia cases have gone undiagnosed due to the pandemic. This comes at a time where social care and those who work within it are already stretched, many of who are at or near to breaking point. This comes on the back of experts’ estimating that global cases could triple by 2050.

Whilst this has been exacerbated by Covid-19, it’s not simply a “pandemic problem”.

Our own research carried out this month shows that nearly half of people surveyed weren’t confident in recognising symptoms of dementia. Two thirds of respondents also said they couldn’t distinguish between symptoms of dementia and those commonly associated with old age.

As a result, loneliness is a growing epidemic and is experienced by those both in care and living in the wider community. Worryingly, a third of people living with dementia said they felt lonely pre-pandemic and the estimated 50,000 missed cases, will only be adding to the problem.

Tackling this issue should be one of this country’s next big priorities.