Figures from the Alzheimer’s Society show that people living with dementia have spent nearly £15 billion of their own money in the last two years, as they wait for a social care Green Paper to be published - which was promised back in 2017.

The government had said this paper would be published in the summer, but it has faced several days, the Independent reports.

The charity is now calling on the government to publish details of how social care costs will be met so as to prevent those with the condition draining their own resources. But all the government has said thus fair is that the paper will be published at the “earliest opportunity”.

Further analysis shows that since March 2017, dementia patients have spent over a million unnecessary days in hospital beds, even though they’re well enough to go home, which has cost the NHS more than £340 million.

“This shocking sum of money spent by people with dementia over the last two years trying to get access to the care and support they desperately need is utterly unacceptable.

“And the amount and quality of care they’re getting for it – those who can afford it – just isn’t good enough. The results are people with dementia and their families falling victim to this dreadfully broken system,” chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society Jeremy Hughes was quoted by the news source as saying.

What is dementia?

The term ‘dementia’ is used to describe a series of symptoms that could include difficulties with thinking, language and problem solving, as well as memory loss. Such changes often start off small and may not be all that noticeable at first, but over time they become serious enough to affect daily life.

Changes in mood or behaviour may also be seen in someone with dementia, a condition that is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases such as Alzheimer’s, or a series of strokes. The symptoms that someone may experience will depend on which part of the brain is damaged, as well as the disease responsible for the dementia.

After Alzheimer’s, the second most common type of dementia is vascular dementia, which affects about 150,000 people in the UK. It is caused by reduced blood supply to the brain because of diseased blood vessels, leading to the death of brain cells that can result in problems with thinking, reasoning or memory.

When cognitive problems become bad enough to have a significant impact on daily life, this is what is then referred to as vascular dementia.

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