NAO conference 2007: improving services and support for people with dementia
Nadine Woogara BSc(Hons) PgDip Reporter Nursing in Practice
Dementia does not share the star status and recognition enjoyed by heart disease or diabetes, but this does not mean its effects aren't far reaching. Burdened with both the stigma of mental illness and old age, some say its reputation is reminiscent of cancer in the 1950s. Today it affects 700,000 people in the UK but by 2025 it will engulf over a million.