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Alzheimer's Society chief calls for more action

Published: 21 Jan 2013

Further action is required to make sure those suffering from dementia can have the best lives they can while dealing with the condition.

That is the view of the chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, Jeremy Hughes, who has been speaking in the wake of the organisation releasing fresh dementia diagnosis rate data.

The proportion of sufferers actually diagnosed varies - as high as 75.5 per cent in Belfast, but as low as 31.6 per cent in East Yorkshire. Overall for the UK, 54 per cent of sufferers haven't had a diagnosis.

"It's disgraceful that more than half of all people with dementia are not receiving a diagnosis, and disappointing to see such a disparity in diagnosis rates in different regions of the UK," said Mr Hughes.

The organisation's figures reveal that 800,000 UK people have dementia of one kind or another.

They suggest that people with concerns about their memories who have been facing symptoms like a difficulty recalling recent occurrences ought to contact their GP.

The society recently brought out a package of training materials with the aim of helping homecare workers caring for dementia sufferers.

In the UK we have taken a lead role in meeting the Prime Minister’s Challenge for families living with dementia.

We have created an internal dementia taskforce to improve specialist awareness, training, services and products across both insurance and pensions businesses. Our vulnerable customers’ training has also been enhanced with additional material from the Alzheimer’s Society.

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