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Author: Age Cymru
Published on 21 October 2014 11:30 AM

“Dementia needs to be a national priority for Wales” – that’s according to Age Cymru’s Chief Executive Ian Thomas who appears in a BBC Wales documentary about dementia tonight. 

He will be speaking on the ‘Week In Week Out’ programme ‘Who will care for Mum, Dad or Me?’ at 10.35pm on BBC1 Wales. 

Ian is the author of 2011’s National Dementia Vision for Wales – a detailed national dementia action plan commissioned by the Welsh Government.

But the strategy, which Ian says "would have made a monumental difference to people's lives", has not been fully implemented by the Welsh Government. 

“With 45,000 people in Wales living with dementia, and that number set to rise on average by 35% over the next 20 years, dementia remains one of the key challenges for the government and people of Wales.   

"It (the plan) would have given us better services - it would have given us more joined-up thinking and put dementia as a national issue and a national priority”, comments Ian.

BBC Week In Week Out - ‘Who will care for Mum, Dad or Me?’ is on BBC1 Wales at 10.35pm tonight.

Read Ian's blog - the National Dementia Vision for Wales

For more information: Call Age Cymru Advice: 08000 223 444