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Thursday 27th October 2016

Quicker diagnosis of dementia

29th May 2008

Experts have warned people who suffer from memory loss to act more quickly in seeking medical help and advice.


The warning comes from the Alzheimer’s Society, which believes that up to two-thirds of people in England with dementia are not diagnosed because they fail to recognise the symptoms.

In a bid to raise awareness the charity is giving GPs across England posters and leaflets. It is also planning to issue a “toolkit? to support diagnosis.

The Department of Health has backed the society’s drive and Health Minister Ivan Lewis said: “Dementia is now one of the most significant health challenges facing our society.?

Latest figures indicate that by 2025, more than 1m people will have dementia across the country. At present 700,000 in the UK have the condition and a third of people over 65 will die from it.

The society suggest people should seek help if they struggle to remember recent events while finding it easy to recall things that happened in the past; find it hard to follow conversations; regularly forget the names of friends or everyday objects; struggle to make decisions; or feel anxious, depressed or angry about forgetfulness.

Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Neil Hunt said: “There is an acute lack of awareness and understanding of dementia.

"By encouraging people who are worried about their memory problems to seek medical advice sooner than they might have done, we hope more people with dementia can get care early on, giving them a greater chance to live life as well and as fully as possible.?


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