THE launch of a three year plan to tackle dementia in the Vale of Glamorgan has been welcomed by Assembly Member Andrew RT Davies.
Experts are predicting a rise of up to 53 percent in cases of dementia in Cardiff and the Vale by 2030. An action plan has been developed in conjunction with carers and patients and will be delivered by the local health board alongside the Vale and Cardiff councils.
Mr Davies said: “I’m pleased to see that this plan has been developed in co-ordination with patients and carers.
“Government initiatives are all too often driven from the centre, when success is actually dependant on buy in from the people who have an everyday understanding of the issues faced by dementia sufferers.
“Most Vale residents will have a friend or family member who has been affected by this tragic disease and it is alarming that experts now expect the numbers to grow in the coming years.”
Mr Davies also commented on new research that has uncovered a possible link between drinking alcohol and dementia.
Experts have said that patients should be told to cut their alcohol intake as part of new health checks for the over 40s in England.
These "mid-life MOTs" do not operate in Wales but Mr Davies said that the advice would be an invaluable public health message - particularly in light of a predicted rise in dementia cases in Cardiff and the Vale.
He said: “A system of mid-life MOTs would be a welcome addition in Wales but Labour’s health budget cuts mean that GP resources in Wales are far too stretched to offer such a comprehensive service here.
“If alcohol consumption can lead to an increased risk of dementia, disability and frailty, then patients should be encouraged to reduce their intake by as much as possible.
“It is important that people know that it’s never too late to make changes to your lifestyle.”