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  • Services let down people with young onset dementia

    Services let down people with young onset dementia

    Tue 24 Nov 2020

    27.11.20 Services for people with young onset dementia (YOD) remain patchy with in many cases little continuity from diagnosis to post-diagnostic support, Professor Jan Oyebode told the UK Dementia Congress held online. Oyebode was reporting on the findings of the Angela Project, a major study of young onset, which found that only 18.1% of people surveyed received a diagnosis in specialist YOD services while 17.1% were diagnosed in older people’s mental health services. “There was a lack of follow-up services. 42% received no follow-up appointment in the first six weeks after diagnosis,” said Oyebode, from Bradford University’s Centre for Applied Dementia Studies. She called for further specialist YOD services to be commissioned.

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