Early diagnosis and prevention was an important part of the in Irish National Dementia Strategy (2014).
Under-diagnosis of dementia is common and approximately 50% of older adults with dementia are either undiagnosed or unaware of the diagnosis (Foley et al., 2019).
GP’s play a key role in early diagnosis.
When a person is given a timely diagnosis, it allows them time to access services and supports for themselves and their caregiver(s), to participate in their short and long term care planning, to have time to make decisions about what pharmacological and non pharmacological treatments are available to them. It also gives people time and head space to get their financial and personal affairs in order; for example, financial management, access to bank accounts and who will manage the household bills going forward.