Sunday’s Guardian newspaper featured an article describing the latest report from the Alzheimer’s Society on the state of dementia care in the UK.

And it is in sad shape.

The problem, according to Neil Hunt, chief executive of the society, is that there is no national dementia strategy, resulting in fragmented funding and lack of training to meet the needs of patients. In the short term, the society wants increased funding aimed people with low-level and moderate needs, who are left stranded.

As noted in the article, availability of community care services from local authorities has steadily decreased for all older people, from 529,000 households in 1991 to 346,000 in 2006. During this period, the number of old people has been steadily increasing and only between ½ and 1/3rd of the people with dementia ever receive a formal diagnosis.

The Alzheimer’s Society says: “There will need to be significant improvements in access and quality. Speedy implementation of the dementia strategy will be crucial”.

Does your country have a ‘dementia strategy’?