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Alzheimer’s Society: 7 in 10 Dementia Sufferers go Undiagnosed

According to new statistics released by the Alzheimer’s Society, 7 in 10 dementia sufferers go unrecognised or undiagnosed, leaving them unable to seek medical advice or help.

The Alzheimer’s Society’s research showed that across the UK diagnosis rates varied dramatically from 75.5% in Belfast to 31.6% in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The study also showed that only one in two suffers has received a formal diagnosis, while the average has risen from 42% to 46% since 2011.

With so many suffers unaware of the symptoms, healthcare experts have called for new guidelines to diagnose and improve care in the early stages of the condition.

“An early formal diagnosis can improve the quality of life of individual dementia sufferers and their caregivers,” Prof Emma Reynish, a dementia specialist and member of the British Geriatric Society, told The Telegraph.

She also highlighted that at least 20% of general hospital inpatients suffered dementia however only half of them diagnosed. Early diagnosis could lead to better hospital care.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has also spoken out about guidelines to improve care to The Telegraph.

“As with cancer in the past, too many health and care professionals are not aware of the symptoms,” Mr Hunt told the telegraph.co.uk.

“Some even believe that without effective cure there’s no point putting people through the anxiety of a memory test – even though drugs can help stave off the condition for several years. It is this grim fatalism that we need to shake off. Not just within our health service but across society as a whole,” he continued.

“It can be a total nightmare getting a diagnosis – and the result is that, shockingly, only 46% of all dementia cases are identified.

“Yet with access to the right drugs and support for a partner, someone can live happily and healthily at home for much longer. We should be ashamed that we deny this to so many people in today’s NHS,” Mr Hunt added.

With the life expectancy in the UK rising by 4.8 years over the last 20 years and expected to increase by an additional 6 years during the next 20 years, the need for investment in dementia care is much needed.

What’s more, with 40% of people over 85 in need of care in the UK, 800,000 care home rooms will be required over the next 20 years – over twice the current amount.

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Read the full article on The Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9800807/Dementia-sufferers-abandoned-says-Jeremy-Hunt.html

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