Diagnosing and Living with Dementia

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Today the first symptoms of dementia such as memory loss or problems with language lead to a diagnosis of the illness over varied amounts of time. It is not possible to get medication before the diagnosis. Therefore, diagnosing dementia early enables to have access to treatment, information and care. Yet according to the Department of Health, only 46% of the population living with the illness is diagnosed in the UK. The borough of Islington has an especially high rate of dementia diagnosis, with about 64% of the people living with the condition diagnosed.

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Last February, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt pledged faster diagnosis times for people suspected to live with dementia. He wants the people seeing their doctors with concerns of living with dementia to be diagnosed within six weeks, instead of the current average of six months.

NHS England will invest £90 million to diagnose two-thirds of people living with dementia next year. (check styleguide)64% of the people with the symptoms are diagnosed in Islington, which represents 0.39% of adults in Islington according to the Public Health Observatory.
To get a diagnosis, people who might have noticed signs of dementia have to visit their GP who will look at their medical history and talk with them to see if the symptoms are not caused by another condition. Then the person can be referred to a Memory Service, which includes clinical psychologists and specialised
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