Earlier diagnosis and interventions post diagnosis, will enable people to live more independently for longer.
Health and social care professionals should act on reports or observations of symptoms to facilitate early diagnosis. Once diagnosed, people with dementia should be offered interventions and not have to wait until their symptoms worsen.
For extra information, evidence and best practice please scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Telephone: Call: 03000 683 000 between the hours of 08:30 – 17:30 Monday to Friday
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Living with Dementia Toolkit - downloadable guide
The Guide is available in English and in Welsh. It introduces the toolkit and the resources available. For the full experience of the toolkit, you need to look at the website. QR codes link you back to the website at various points. There is a 'How to use QR codes' video lower down the page.
This can be downloaded here: https://livingwithdementiatoolkit.org.uk/home/living-with-dementia-toolkit-downloadable-guide/
Young onset Dementia: Decision-making guide for GPs
Through the eyes of dementia
The videos are posted on YouTube in different languages
Through the eyes of dementia - 16 videos in different languages - view the full play list
Through the eyes of dementia (extended version) - English subtitles
Through the eyes of dementia (extended version) - English no subtitles
(short film) - English subtitles
(extended version) - Urdu translation
(extended version) - British Sign Language
(extended film) - Gujarati Translation
(extended version) - Hindi translation
Through the eyes of dementia (extended film) - Bengali Translation
Furthermore, the guidance published by the British Psychological Society for the early stages of the dementia care pathway explains that when adequate support is provided, this not only improves quality of life, but also enables people to make choices about their lives, reduces stress for their families, and means that people are less likely to require long term residential or hospital care.
Evidence suggests that post-diagnostic support provides an opportunity for both practitioners and people with dementia and their carers to work together and set realisable goals for care and support in the early stages of the disease. People value individualised information, delivered as part of a complex multi-component programme of support.
Clinical Review, Dementia: timely diagnosis and early intervention: "In the absence of a cure, a professional belief that nothing can be done has contributed to delays in diagnosis. However, increasing evidence showing that dementia may be preventable has led to an international focus on earlier diagnosis and intervention. This review aims to summarise current evidence and best practice in the diagnosis and early intervention in dementia care."
Best Practice Resources
The Alzheimer's Society have provided funding for a project entitled 'Facilitating early diagnosis of dementia', to read more about this project please click here.
For more information on the importance of spotting the early signs of dementia, please click here.