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CSP signs up to dementia declaration

26 October 2010 - 3:45pm

Physiotherapists have a vital role to play in caring for people with dementia, says the CSP.

The Society is one of 45 organisations who have signed up to the National Dementia Declaration for England. They are committed to improving the quality of life for people with dementia by 2014.

The Dementia Action Alliance was launched today in London and sets out a series of action plans to be implemented in the lead up to 2014.

The charter outlines what Alliance member need to do to improve the quality of life for people with dementia.

Priya Dasoju, CSP professional adviser, attended the launch and emphasised the importance of raising awareness of the role physiotherapy can play in dementia care.

‘A growing number of physiotherapists are involved in mental health services and these specialist physiotherapists can make a difference,’ she said.


Action plan

CSP will produce a set of resources that will deliver better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers. These will include guidelines for referrers and commissioners, information for carers and educational tools outlining the specialist needs of dementia care.

Speaking at today’s launch, actor and broadcaster, Tony Robinson, shared his experience of caring for both his parents who suffered with dementia. He stated that there needs to be more education and support for carers, and in particular mentioned physiotherapy and exercise.


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