It is estimated there are 19,000 people living with dementia in the north of Ireland, but only some 13,000 have received a formal diagnosis. Looking ahead it’s expected that by 2051 there will be around 60,000 people with dementia.
Since September 2016, the #STILL ME dementia awareness campaign has been running across Northern Ireland. The campaign features local people living with dementia talking about how their condition affects them.
The first phase of the campaign ran until the end of October and highlighted the ways in which we can support and be more inclusive of a person living with dementia.
The second phase of the campaign runs until the end of January and has focused on the possible signs of dementia and the benefits of an early diagnosis.
By talking openly about dementia and its impact on daily life, people with dementia, family members and carers can begin to access the practical help and support available. Timely diagnosis allows people to receive treatment and care to enable them to live independent and fulfilling lives.
It is estimated there are 19,000 people in the north of Ireland living with dementia, but only some 13,000 have received a formal diagnosis. Looking ahead, it's expected that by 2051 there will be around 60,000 people with dementia.
Early diagnosis means people with dementia and their families can access the appropriate care and support services and help them plan for the future.
People with dementia have told us that many of the difficulties they encounter could be overcome if more time and attention was given to understanding their needs and involving people with dementia in service planning.
With the numbers of people who have dementia set to increase, how can we improve our health services to better meet the needs of people with dementia?
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