What is it and what does it measure?
Not everyone with dementia has a formal diagnosis. The Dementia 65+ estimated diagnosis rate indicator compares the number of people thought to have dementia with the number of people diagnosed with dementia, aged 65 and over. The target is for at least two thirds (66.7%) of people with dementia to be diagnosed.
Why it Matters
Evidence shows that an early diagnosis can enable someone with dementia to live independently in their own home for longer. This helps to avoid early or unnecessary hospital or care home admissions, which ultimately enhances that person’s quality of life and that of their carer
- Patients receive the correct treatment for their symptoms. If a patient is diagnosed with dementia then early treatment can be more effective
- Patients and carers can get hold of the necessary relevant help and advice, be confident in planning for the future and empowered to get appropriate financial benefits and entitlements such as disability living allowance and council tax reduction
- Patients and carers can receive the support they need e.g. from social services, day centres, respite care, community mental health teams, occupational therapists, carer support groups and the Alzheimer’s Society