A Dementia Guide has been produced for GPs and psychiatrists to help them provide more support to patients diagnosed with the condition (and better support for their carers). This free booklet, produced by the Alzheimer’s Society and sponsored by the Department of Health, is intended to help frontline healthcare professionals to provide the information needed after a diagnosis of dementia. It offers general advice to help people come to terms with their diagnosis, to plan ahead and to live well with dementia.
This document follows the Unlocking Diagnosis report (July 2012), from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, which found that people often need more immediate support and information after a diagnosis. While diagnosis rates are increasing, over 50% of people living with dementia do not receive a formal diagnosis, and are likely to be unable to access treatments and support as a result.
The 2013 guide – which has been endorsed by the RCGP, Royal College of Psychiatrists, and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services – includes sections on the emotional impact of a diagnosis, drug treatments, signposting to services available through the NHS, social services, charities and private organisations, and support for carers.
The Dementia Guide: Living well after diagnosis. London: Alzheimer’s Society, July 2013.
Section headings in this masterpiece include:
- Key points: About dementia.
- What is dementia?
- What are the symptoms?
- What are the causes?
- Why do some people get dementia?
- Types of dementia.
- Mild cognitive impairment.
- Key points: Treatments.
- Drugs to treat dementia.
- Non-drug treatments.
- Treating depression and anxiety.
- Key points: Living well.
- A positive outlook.
- Coping with memory loss.
- Keeping safe at home.
- Being active.
- Staying healthy.
- Key points: Planning ahead.
- Financial matters.
- Making decisions for the future.
Services for People with Dementia
- Key points: Services for people with dementia.
- Where to go for support.
- How to access social care.
- Services for younger people.
Support for Carers
- Key points: Support for carers.
- Looking after yourself.
- Tips for supporting a person with dementia.
- Key points: Research.
- How to get involved in research.
- Influencing dementia research.
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[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].