I am deeply concerned that people affected by Dementia make up over a quarter of all deaths with Covid-19.
With Winter approaching, we need to take action to safeguard the most vulnerable in our society from the annual dangers that they face and the ongoing coronavirus crisis. We also need to acknowledge and address the issues of isolation and loneliness that people affected by Dementia are facing during this crisis, which is having a detrimental impact on their condition.
I commend the Alzheimer’s Society for their work in bringing attention to the plight of people affected by Dementia and their families in their latest report: ‘Worst hit: dementia during Coronavirus’. I believe that their findings should be incorporated into the Government’s Covid-19 Winter Plan, to ensure that people affected by Dementia are not forgotten this Winter.
Unfortunately, I was still not fully recovered from contracting Covid-19 and was therefore unable to attend the debate on this issue on 12 November. However, I have written to the Minister for Care, Helen Whately, and raised this issue with her. I have posted a copy of this letter below for you to see.
It is imperative that society always looks-out for the most vulnerable.