Dementia: Diagnosis

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th June 2022.

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Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the relationship between an early diagnosis and good mental health for people living with dementia.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Timely diagnosis of dementia ensures that a person with dementia can access the advice, information, care and support to allow them to live well with the condition and remain independent for as long as possible. Mental wellbeing is acknowledged as one benefit of an early diagnosis. ‘Benefits of timely dementia diagnosis’ indicates that those who receive a diagnosis can understand their experience and reduce their anxiety. This report is available at the following link:

https://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/assets/0000/4970/BENEFITS_OF_TIMELY_DEMENTIA_DIAGNOSIS_to_distribute_2013.pdf

We will set out plans for dementia in England for the next 10 years later this year, including dementia diagnosis.

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