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Local campaign to raise dementia awareness

Local campaign to raise dementia awareness
25th February 2013

The importance of achieving an early diagnosis of dementia is regularly highlighted by scientists and healthcare professionals.

However, research suggests a large number of cases go undiagnosed - something which campaigners are attempting to prevent.

One example of this is the attempt by the Alzheimer's Society to raise awareness of the condition and encourage early diagnosis in East Sussex, the Sussex Courier reports.

According to figures supplied by the charity, only 38 per cent of people in the region who have dementia receive a diagnosis.

In an attempt to improve this statistic, a new Memory Assessment Service has been launched, which provides a place for people who believe they may have dementia to go and somewhere suspected cases can be referred to.

Elaine Colbran, a local dementia adviser for the Alzheimer's Society, said: "Early diagnosis is important as it helps those affected to maintain independence and regain control of their lives, as well as giving access to support and potential treatments."

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