Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Understanding Dementia

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Understanding Dementia

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Tackling the stigma surrounding dementia is becoming a priority focus for public health. Current figures suggest that dementia affects one in 14 people over the age of 65 and one in six over the age of 80, and it is estimated that 44 million people worldwide are currently living with dementia.

The Royal Society for Public Health has been working with Alzheimer's Society Consultancy & Training in developing a qualification which is geared towards helping people to understand more about dementia and which also puts 'compassionate care' at the heart of the training. The Level 2 Award in Understanding Dementia has been designed for people not only in the health and social care arena but also for anyone who wishes to broaden their knowledge.

Although health and social care professionals want to provide the best care possible, there is every chance that they may lack the knowledge or tools to understand dementia and care for someone with the condition. …

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