New dementia pack put together by Sheffield experts

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HEALTH experts from Sheffield have put together a new information pack for people with memory problems to help tackle low dementia diagnosis rates.

The free pack includes details of support and advice services for people affected by dementia and their families, as well as information about how to live with the condition.

It was put together over nine months by David Reid, a lecturer at Sheffield University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, Prof Tony Warnes from the Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing and medical student Lori Low.

The need for the pack was highlighted by Prof Alistair Burns, national clinical director for dementia at the Department of Health, after a report was published stating that only a third of people with the disease received a formal diagnosis.

Mr Reid said: “The pack is not the answer to the problem of under-diagnosis of dementia, however, we hope it will encourage more people to seek advice and support.

“The pack targets two groups of people - those with memory problems who don’t know where to turn or what to do, and people who have a diagnosis and want to know more about how they can live well with dementia.”

Prof Anne Peat, dean of the nursing and midwifery school, added: “Those suffering from dementia who have looked at the pack say it is very useful and easy to understand, they like having all the contact numbers in one place instead of having to ring around.”

Funding was provided by the Marjorie Coote Old People’s Fund, the Sheffield Town Trust, Sheffield Church Burgesses Trust and Sheffield University.

■ Visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/snm/dementiapack to download a copy of the booklet.