Dementia 'not a normal part of ageing'

Dementia 'not a normal part of ageing'

People should move away from the notion that dementia is an inevitable part of ageing, one expert has stipulated.

The World Alzheimer Report 2011 revealed that up to 27 million individuals worldwide could be living with undiagnosed dementia, suggesting that many medical professionals consider it to be a usual part of ageing.

Ian Weatherhead, lead nurse for Admiral Nursing Direct, emphasised that early dementia diagnosis is essential in order for the individual to access appropriate treatment options and specialist advice and information.

The expert noted that just one-third of people in the UK receive a formal dementia diagnosis.

"This leaves the majority to struggle along with no formal support, and being left vulnerable to possible difficulties later on if no advanced planning has been considered before the person loses capacity to make informed choices and decisions about their own future and wishes," he said.

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