Letters, Saturday, July 5, 2014

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Support Right to Know campaign

IMAGINE feeling ill but being told your symptoms and behaviour were a natural part of ageing.

 Imagine having a disease but there being no treatment, information or support to help you manage it.

 Imagine if your doctor knew about your condition but chose not to tell you, as they thought nothing could be done to help.

 For many people with dementia, this is the reality. Denied a diagnosis, treatment and the chance to plan for the future while still able to do so. It simply doesn’t happen with other conditions. Why should dementia be different?

 Alzheimer’s Society insists this is wrong and I strongly agree due to my own family’s experience of dementia and its devastating impact.

 That is why I am supporting the Right to Know campaign launched on July 2.

 So many people with dementia say they wish they had received a diagnosis sooner. With that knowledge, they and their families could have understood the symptoms, found support in others facing a similar experience and prepared for the future.

 They could have put their affairs in order, and most importantly they could have lived during this time with much more peace of mind.

 With your help, Alzheimer’s Society can ensure everyone with dementia receives the certainty of a diagnosis and the right information and support to come to terms with, and manage their condition.

 The ‘Right to Know’ campaign wants no one to wait longer than 12 weeks from seeing their GP to diagnosis, and everyone diagnosed with dementia to have access to a dementia adviser or equivalent.

 I would urge everyone to contact their local Alzheimer’s Society office to find out more about the campaign or to visit the charity’s website alzheimers.org.uk.

Arlene Phillips CBE,

Alzheimer’s Society ambassador

Cash the only goal

I COMPLETELY agree with Tom Lynn’s letter “Not superstars” (June 24).

  In ancient Rome, when a general returned from conquering an enemy and bringing captured booty, he would ride at the head of a procession in a chariot being cheered and adored, but there was always a slave on board with him constantly whispering in his ear “you are not a god”.

 The fans of modern day football players treat their teams like gods. The players then start to believe it. They drink as much as they want, and think that they can have any woman they want, and drive at any speed that they want.

 When someone says no to them, they adopt the “do you know who I am” attitude.

 When will fans wake up to these big heads?

 They are not heroes, and as nice as some of them are, they are still not worth the wages that they get for doing very little.

 The fans adore their clubs, and their teams, even the team colours, but the players only adore one thing – cash. They are unworthy of the fans’ adoration. When will the fans wake up?

R Tomlinson,

Seaham