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|Topic title||Dementia (2014)|
|Topic owner||Dementia Strategy Group|
|Topic author(s)||Gill Oliver|
|Topic quality reviewed||Feb 2014|
|Topic endorsed by||Dementia Strategy Group|
|Topic approved by||Dementia Strategy Group|
|Replaces version||July 2013|
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|Insight Document ID||106943|
Dementia is a term used to describe a range of brain disorders that have in common a loss of brain function that is usually progressive and eventually severe. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. Some people have both vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Dementia is one of the main causes of disability in later life and the number of people with dementia is rising yearly as the population ages. Dementia can affect people of any age but is most common in older people, particularly those aged over 65 years. The number of people aged over 65 living with dementia in Nottingham is predicted to rise from 2914 in 2015 to 3096 in 2021. This represents a 6% increase over 6 years.
This chapter considers the health and social care needs of people with dementia. Other relevant links within the JSNA are to sections on Adult Mental Health (particularly Depression), End of Life, Older People with Long Term Conditions and Carers.
Dementia has become prominent in the last 5 years with the publication of two significant policy documents: the National Dementia Strategy in 2009 and the Prime Minister’s Challenge in 2012 (links below).
Improving diagnosis rates to meet the national target of 67% - including GP awareness, capacity in memory assessment services and using the acute hospital CQUIN, FAIR (Find, Assess and Investigate, Refer)
Support Dementia Friends and Dementia Friendly communities in line with national policy