Pharmacists 'need more support with dementia'

Posted on 23 February 2011

Pharmacists should be given more assistance in advising people with dementia, a survey by the Alzheimer's Society has suggested, which could help to improve conditions for people paying for long term care.

More than 270 retail pharmacists in England were polled in the study, and 64 per cent said they would like to see more information on local support services for people with dementia and their families.

Additionally, pharmacists requested more information on how to reduce the risk of dementia and how to recognise and diagnose the condition.

"Dementia is shockingly under-diagnosed and the more we can equip practitioners on the frontline … the quicker they can get a diagnosis and the support that they need to live as well as possible," said Andrew Chidgey, head of policy and public affairs at the Alzheimer's Society.

The charity recently urged the government not to overlook the importance of dementia as part of the Mental Health Strategy.


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