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Great strides are being made in dementia awareness – Professor Alistair Burns

NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia marks National Dementia Awareness Week by outlining the significant progress being made in this area of care:

This week gives us a great opportunity to raise the profile of dementia, to celebrate things that have been achieved and shed a light on areas where more work needs to be done.

The interest in dementia is attested to by the fact that some ten local radio stations requested an interview this week and there are some significant common threads to the areas under discussion.

A report by the Alzheimer’s Society showed that a significant number of people still put off coming forward for investigations for fear that a diagnosis of dementia is such a cataclysmic event that their lives are considered over. The perception of the negative stereotype of people with dementia is something which is a hard nut to crack and, like with cancer, may take many years to turn around.

The overwhelming message from professionals, people with a dementia diagnosis and their carers is that this view is misplaced and there are many things that can be done to support people with dementia and their carers under the rubric of ‘Living well with Dementia’. We live well with many other diseases so why not dementia?

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