Windows of opportunity: prevention and early intervention in dementia

Interventions: Case finding

We know that only a third of people with dementia are formally diagnosed at the moment. In addition to encouraging help-seeking by increasing general awareness of the support that is available, it is also useful to think about more active case-finding.

Each time a provider of community personal support comes into contact with an older person, they are in an ideal position to notice changes that might give rise to concern. Each time an individual seeks help because of any change in their health or social circumstances, this give services the opportunity to quickly check if they are also experiencing problems that may be linked to dementia.

Integrated approach Plus sign Offering useful advice Plus sign Check made by someone who knows the person Equals sign Effective case finding

Opportunities for better diagnosis

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Increase awareness of dementia in existing at-risk groups.

Improve symptom-recognition skills in health, social care and housing staff.

Use opportunistic or scheduled contact to check for early signs of dementia:

  • 75+ health checks
  • Admissions to general hospital
  • Contact with primary care community services
  • Contact with social services
  • Contact with housing support services