This Dementia Action Week, we will be focusing on diagnosis, encouraging those who are concerned that they or a someone close to them may be experiencing signs of dementia to come to us for support.
Recent research, conducted with over 1000 people affected by dementia, shows that the misconception that symptoms like memory loss are a sign of normal ageing is the biggest barrier to people seeking a dementia diagnosis.
With diagnosis rates at a five-year low, tens of thousands of people are now living with undiagnosed dementia. This means they don’t have access to the vital care and support that a diagnosis can bring.
Getting a diagnosis can be daunting, but we believe it’s better to know. And so do 91% of people affected by dementia.
We’ve created 3 videos focused on the lives of people living with or affected by dementia, and the benefits of getting a diagnosis. There’s also an explainer film featuring Professor Louise Robinson on ‘Top tips for talking to your GP’ for those worried they or a loved one might be experiencing signs of dementia.