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Major dementia conference begins

Major dementia conference begins
1st September 2008

A major three-day conference examining dementia care has begun in Scotland.

Experts from around the world are getting together to exchange ideas at the event being hosted by the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, the BBC website reports.

Taking place between September 1st and September 3rd, the conference has attracted 350 delegates and 70 speakers, with the aim of looking at ways to improve dementia care.

According to the news provider, director of the Dementia Services Development Centre in Stirling Professor June Andrews commented: "To develop effective strategies to support the growing numbers of people with dementia, it is vitally important to share the latest thinking and research."

She suggested that early diagnosis and educating patients about how to cope with the condition are currently the key challenges.

Writing in the Times last week, David Rose said that the early diagnosis of dementia is "vital".

He argued that patients are then able to make appropriate plans for the future, manage symptoms more effectively and make the most of their time.

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