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Dementia sufferers not getting support

2nd July 2014

Alzheimer's Society have released information suggesting that patients with dementa are not given enough guidance after diagnosis.

Dementia brain activityA recent poll asked almost 400 people affected by the condition. The results showed that 90% felt dissatisfied by the amount of support and information and 20% of patients were given no support or information following the diagnosis.

Alzheimer's society said a lack of support leaves vulnerable people "adrift". They have since launched a new campaign, Right to Know, which aims to give the correct level of information, support and treatment to those recently diagnosed with dementia. One of the ways they want to do this is by making dementia advisers readily available.

This research comes after it was found fewer than half of those living with the condition have received a formal diagnosis.

Chief executive of the charity, Jeremy Hughes, said: "We are urging the government to ensure every person with dementia has access to a dementia adviser - a named contact who can help them come to terms with the diagnosis and help them find the support they need to live their life."

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: "We've made dementia a national priority as never before, and in December hosted a summit of world leaders on tackling this horrific disease."

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