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CHAPTER 11


CHAPTER 11


The truth about dementia Dr Simon Atkins is a GP and author of First


Steps to Living with Dementia published by Lion Hudson (£4.99).


You may be getting forgetful but that doesn’t mean you have dementia, says Dr Simon Atkins. So stop worrying, and arm yourself with the facts instead.


Dementia is never far from the headlines. It’s in the papers nearly every day and has (quite rightly) become publicised as a centrepiece of the government’s healthcare policy. But this increased media coverage is a double-edged sword. While it raises awareness of this debilitating condition, it raises anxieties too. And there’s a danger that as soon as we become a bit forgetful, we start to worry that we are in the early stages of dementia ourselves and that we are on the road to a forgotten future. With 800,000 people in the UK suffering with dementia and that number set to at least double over the next 40 years, how do we know it won’t be our turn next? What is dementia anyway? How can we find out if we have it? And what can be done to treat it?


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