La Laguna urged to become “Alzheimer’s solidarity city”
La Laguna should be doing more to help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and their families, it is being claimed.
The Popular Party has formally asked the city council to give greater support as a matter of urgency and to declare itself a “Solidarity city with Alzheimer’s”.
“La Laguna must commit to supporting groups working with people with Alzheimer’s disease so that they can develop activities that pro-mote social awareness and sensitivity to the disease and contribute to alleviating their needs, ” said PP spokesman, Antonio Alarcó.
Alzheimer’s is the most prevalent type of dementia. Currently, this disease affects 3.5 million people in Spain, between those who suffer directly (about 800,000) and their family caregivers.
“It is, therefore, a problem of socio-sanitary character whose main approach is still established in the family,” says the PP.
There is still no effective treatment or adequate prevention to alleviate the effects of the disease and it is estimated that its prevalence will double in the next 20 years due mainly to the longer life expectancy of the population. This, says the PP, has a big impact on the Canaries and therefore in San Cristóbal de La Laguna.
“The direct and indirect costs generated by Alzheimer’s between families exceed 30,000 euros per year, which add up to the insufficient provision of specific socio-health resour-ces that are available to meet the needs of the people and families affected,” said Sr. Alarcó .