Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Via the Telegraph:
Tens of thousands of pharmacists, bus drivers and bank staff are being trained to recognise the signs of dementia as part of a “front-line force” against the disease. Managers of some of the biggest firms have pledged to educate staff to recognise the effects of dementia. Boots, Lloyds bank and First Group have all committed to do as much as possible to help dementia sufferers after David Cameron promised to lead a national “fightback” against the illness. Jeremy Hunt, the Heath Secretary, said “every section of society” must “step up” to help tackle the illness, which affects 800,000 people in the country. “Britain’s biggest companies will build up a front-line force of thousands of people able to spot the signs of dementia and understand the needs of sufferers, helping people with the disease to live a normal life for longer,” Mr Hunt told The Daily Telegraph. The Prime Minister said this week that a cure for dementia could be found within 12 years as he announced funding for research into the disease would be doubled.