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March 29, 2011

Alzheimer’s Society: NHS Needs to Improve Dementia Screening

The Alzheimer's Society has called for the NHS to routinely screen all individuals over 75 years old for signs of dementia, as it estimates that thousands miss out on treatment that slows the progression of the disease. An improvement in the screening pattern is needed as fewer than ha

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The Alzheimer’s Society has called for the NHS to routinely screen all individuals over 75 years old for signs of dementia, as it estimates that thousands miss out on treatment that slows the progression of the disease.

An improvement in the screening pattern is needed as fewer than half of the 750,000 suspected dementia sufferers receive a diagnosis.

Alzheimer’s Society director of research Clive Ballard said that the only way to improve the identification is through effective screening, and probably the right time to do that is over the age of 75, once dementia starts to become more common.

Alzheimer’s Society is a charity working to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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