Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, which is part of the Mental Health Foundation have released a report ‘Hidden in Plain Sight – Dementia and Learning Disability’.
It is written in partnership with the National Dementia Action Alliance, Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), MacIntyre Charity, and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It also incorporates the British Psychological Society (BPS) commissioners’ guide. Latest research shows that today, more than a million people with learning disabilities are not being appropriately supported in national dementia policy.
This problem will continue to worsen with predictions that the proportion of people over 65 with learning disability or Down’s syndrome will double by 2020.
People with a learning disability are three times more likely to develop Dementia than the rest of the population and people with Downs Syndrome at an earlier age.
But a review of current Government strategy – has revealed that their needs are barely mentioned.
It is vital that 1.4 million in Britain identified as having a learning disability are not invisible.
With no explicit call for action referencing support for those with learning disabilities included in the National Dementia Challenge Plan, those with learning disabilities will continue to fall through the net.
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