NHS Lothian to improve dementia screening

Posted on 28 April 2011

Many cases of dementia are going undiagnosed in Lothian, it has emerged, with up to 25 per cent of cases in city hospitals unrecorded.

Just five per cent of older people leaving hospital are currently diagnosed with the illness, reports the Scotsman.

However, sources at the hospital told the newspaper that up to 30 per cent of patients may actually have the condition.

NHS Lothian is launching a scheme to combat this issue, which will involve the implementation of a screening system.

This is hoped to lead to more specialised care for dementia sufferers.

Meanwhile, research from Rush University Medical Center has revealed that being socially active could help to stave off dementia in older people.

The study, published in the Journal of International Neuropsychological Society, indicated that older people paying for care could benefit from higher levels of social activity.

 

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