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Dementia awareness boost planned for over-40s

Dementia awareness boost planned for over-40s

Dementia awareness boost planned for over-40s

(original article from BBC News)

People over 40 in England are to be given more information about dementia to help improve early diagnosis of the condition, the health secretary said.

During theirĀ free NHS health check, patients will be told when they should report memory problems to their GP.

Jeremy Hunt said the government's aim was for the UK to be the world's most "dementia-friendly" country by 2020.

It comes after Alzheimer's Research UK warned the condition posed a "looming national health crisis".

Under the plans, there is a new aim for 10% of all people diagnosed with dementia to take part in research to try to improve diagnosis and treatment of the condition.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will also include standards of dementia care in their inspections while current information on which regions are good at diagnosing the condition will be strengthened with Ofsted-style ratings.

Mr Hunt said seven-day services would also improve for dementia patients in hospitals in England, with patients in high dependency care seen and reviewed by a consultant twice a day, every day of the week, by 2020.

What is dementia?

  • Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK, resulting in the loss of brain cells
  • The most common type is Alzheimer's disease
  • Early symptoms include problems with memory and thinking
  • As the disease progresses, people can experience difficulty with walking, balance and swallowing
  • Getting older is the biggest risk factor for dementia
  • Experts predict one in three people born in 2015 will develop dementia

(read more from BBC News)

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