The World Alzheimer’s Report, which estimates that 27 million of the 36 million dementia sufferers worldwide are undiagnosed, has been published. The report also suggests that early diagnosis could save up to £6,254 per person.
In response, a Department of Health spokesperson said:
“Improving dementia care is a priority for the government.
“Early diagnosis is key as it allows people to plan for their future, preventing the need for crisis intervention and premature admission to acute hospital care. This delivers better outcomes for people with dementia, enabling them to live well. If you are worried about a family member, the sooner you discuss it the better. Don’t wait until a crisis forces your hand.
“We are making progress in improving services for people with dementia but more needs to be done. What we want is for everyone in England who needs them to have access to memory services and we are on course to achieve that soon.”