Health Secretary looks forward to a cure for dementia
Published: 20 October 2017
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has posed the question of whether we might find a cure for dementia in near future.
Speaking on World Alzheimer’s Day he said: “This is the
question that for years no one has dared to ask. We assumed – wrongly – that
dementia was just part of the ageing process instead of the disease of the
brain it actually is. But four years ago, that changed.
“The UK hosted the first ever G8 dementia summit, which set
the explicit ambition to find a cure or disease-modifying therapy for dementia
“Since then, governments have formally united in the fight
against dementia, and adopted the first Global Action Plan on Dementia, during
the World Health Assembly in May 2017.
“And the establishment of the UK Dementia Research Institute
earlier this year will provide a new focal point for research across care,
prevention and technology as well as biomedical science.
“Living with dementia can be horrific for the individual and
their family – but it doesn’t have to be. Social interaction – the love and
support of family and friends – is one of the best possible ways to slow
progression. We may not yet be able to cure the disease but we can all play a
part in tackling the symptoms.”
There has been no major breakthrough so far in the search
for a cure but Mr Hunt’s speech shows the importance the government and health
officials now attach to it.
People concerned about their future health in the light of
the growing incidence of dementia may take some comfort from being able to
protect their interests by setting up lasting powers of attorney.
These are legal documents that enable you to appoint someone
you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you ever lose the capacity to
make such decisions for yourself. You can appoint deputies to look after your
financial matters or health and welfare issues, or both if you so choose.
Please contact Claire Trueman in our Private Client Team if
you would like information about setting up a lasting power of attorney.