Early dementia diagnosis is key to receiving the right support, says North East Essex CCG
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Dementia could be treated or even fully reversed if it is detected early enough, according to the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The group is hoping to raise awareness about the condition and say an early diagnosis could, in some cases, make dementia treatable.
According to NHS England, almost 5,000 people are living with the condition in north east Essex, and early signs can include problems with memory, finding it hard to recall dates and words, or difficulty in making decisions.
Dr Mark Roberts, elected member at North East Essex CCG and GP at the Tiptree Medical Centre, said: “It is important that people get an early diagnosis which opens up access to the right health and social care services.
“It is possible to live well with dementia and there is strong evidence that an early diagnosis helps someone with dementia to continue to live independently in their own home for longer. However, if people are not diagnosed, they will not receive the support they need.”