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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
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Dementia - the importance of a timely diagnosis

Published: 16/05/2023

This week is Dementia Action Week and we are encouraging people to seek a timely diagnosis of dementia. 

Over the years, dementia diagnosis rates have declined, meaning that more people are facing dementia alone, without access to the vital support that a diagnosis brings. At BSMHFT we support 4,385 service users with dementia and this week, we are encouraging individuals and their families to seek a timely diagnosis to avoid reaching crisis point.

Dementia is a syndrome associated with a decline in brain functioning, there are many different types and symptoms, some of which can include problems with memory, language, mood, thinking speed or understanding.

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Getting a diagnosis can be daunting, but it is crucial to finding out as early as possible so that the right care can be put in place. If you are worried about yourself, or someone close to you, speak with your GP in the first instance.

This week, Professor Dr Farooq Khan, our Consultant Psychiatrist in Dementia and Frailty will speak about improving the quality of diagnosing dementia at the Alzheimer's Society’s annual conference in London.

Dr Khan is passionate about his work in dementia and frailty, saying:

“Dementia is becoming one of the world’s biggest concerns as people are living longer due to the many scientific developments we are seeing.

“I chose to work with and help people who are not able to express themselves, or are perceived as vulnerable, but are not able to ask for support.

“I want to be a voice for these people when they’re less able to support themselves and to listen, talk to them and understand them. It gives me great satisfaction to do this and to help them in the best way I can."

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Further information about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as well as a list of useful support services can be found on our website.