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Dementia 'is still not well understood' in the UK

Dementia 'is still not well understood' in the UK
11th November 2009

There is still a level of ignorance from the general public surrounding dementia in the UK, according to an attendee at the 4th UK Dementia Congress.

Penny Hibberd, an admiral nurse and senior lecturer for Dementia Service Development Centre South East, an organisation which delivers dementia care courses at higher education level, said there is a better understanding of dementia affecting people above the age of 65.

However, there is a major lack of understanding over the fact it can affect people who are younger, it was added.

Ms Hibberd continued: "It is very difficult when people with dementia have a physical illness and they are admitted to hospital because people aren't trained about dementia. There is a divide between general medicine and mental health psychiatry."

In regards to specialist training in the care of patients with dementia, the expert said that organisations must value their staff, otherwise they will find it tough to value the people they care for.

The UK Dementia Congress took place in Harrogate between November 3rd and 5th, and included a number of plenary and parallel sessions, workshops, exhibitions and networking events.

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