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Dementia Diagnosis Rates Increasing In Dorset

Elderly Care

8:09am 25th November 2014

Over 13,000 people in Dorset could be living with dementia without even knowing they have the condition.

Figures from NHS show that even though the amount of people being diagnosed with dementia is increasing - it's still a major concern for NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.

In September 2014 , 56.6% of those estimated to have dementia received a diagnosis from their GP, which is up from 45% in 2012/13.

Dementia Lead at NHS Dorset CCG Dr Paul French told Wessex FM: "It is important that dementia is diagnosed early. It means that people with dementia, and their carers, can access services to help them live well, and get the support that they need at the earliest opportunity."

The new Memory Support and Advisory Service is one of scheme that's helping local people in the county with memory loss or a diagnosis of dementia.

GPs are being offered £55 for every dementia diagnosis to help catch more cases earlier on.

Anyone concerned about their memory is encouraged to talk to their GP. For more information on support services in Dorset, please contact dorset@alzheimers.org.uk or telephone: 0300 123 1916.

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