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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Funding to fight Dementia

February 19, 2018 1:18 PM

Kent Liberal Democrats press for £250,000 budget to support community organisations tackling social isolation and helping to prevent the onset of dementia.

Antony HookAntony Hook comments, "Social isolation can lead to a variety of problems including dementia and other mental health issues. Addressing these issues can reduce or prevent health problems, thus easing pressure on health and care services.

"A recent study (1) has shown that chatting to people for just ten minutes a day or an hour a week can help reduce the onset of dementia. Furthermore, the results of the programme were as good as or better than those shown by medication - and without the damaging side effects."

Ida Linfield concludes, "Prevention of social isolation could lead to an improvement in the well-being of the people o Ida Linfieldf Kent and a reduction of costs for KCC and the NHS.

"There are hundreds of people in Kent suffering from loneliness. There are also many people and community organisations in Kent who want to help. With a little encouragement and modest financial support from the County Council, these volunteers could make a real difference to the lives of many Kent residents."

1. To read the reports on the study click here.
2. For more information on Dementia refer to the Alzheimer's Society's website by clicking here.
3. The first year's cost of £250,000 will be financed through a one-off drawdown from reserves until a more sustainable funding stream can be found.