Diagnosis benefits

Nine in every 10 people affected by dementia believe that there are benefits from getting a diagnosis, according to survey results published by Alzheimer’s Society to mark Dementia Action Week (16-22 May).

A survey of just over 1,000 people found that 91% saw at least one benefit and on average respondents mentioned 2.5 benefits, including the ability to plan for the future (49%), practical support from services (45%), a sense of relief from knowing what the diagnosis is (43%) and medication to help with symptoms (37%).

Barriers to getting a diagnosis were confusion between dementia and old age (42%), denial (32%) and symptoms being manageable (30%).  One in four respondents had waited two years after experiencing symptoms before seeking a diagnosis.

“We estimate, due to the pandemic, that there are over 30,000 people living without the dementia diagnosis they would otherwise have received, which would unlock vital support and care,” the charity said.