Welsh dementia diagnosis rate stalls
Published 29 November 2013
Less than 40 per cent of people with dementia in Wales currently receive a diagnosis.
'Over 45,000 people in Wales face daily challenges whilst living with dementia. It's disgraceful to think nearly two thirds of them have an added fight, to get a diagnosis. The fact that people are left struggling with uncertainty and no support for months is simply unacceptable. A diagnosis opens the door to an invaluable helping hand that can enable people with dementia to live a good quality of life and plan for the future. Alzheimer's Society is committed to working with health and social care providers in Wales to ensure we help drive diagnosis rates up and ensure people with dementia receive the best support possible.'
'When Adrian was diagnosed with dementia he felt at last that he knew what it was and he had to deal with the illness.'
'This won't beat me. I will carry on and live every day to the full as long as I can. I'll be positive and keep busy. When I had my diagnosis I was glad to have my wife by my side as well as my daughter, niece and friends.'
If you are worried about your own, or someone else's memory, Alzheimer's Society recommends that people speak to their GP. The Alzheimer's Society Helpline is also available on 0300 222 1122. To find out more about services in Wales visit alzheimers.org.uk/wales.
* Diagnosis rates are from the government's QOF (Qualities and Outcomes Framework) data for 2012-13, which is the number of people registered with GPs as living with dementia. Dementia prevalence rates are from the 2007 Dementia UK report.