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Dementia guidelines updated

Guidelines for dealing with dementia have been updated by the Department of Health.

The Improving Care for People with Dementia documents - available from the department of health website - include a number of areas where improvements will be made to dementia services.

This includes a dementia enhanced service for GPs, to encourage diagnosis of the condition, further training for nursing staff in care homes and the community as well as £20 million further investment into dementia research.

There are around 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, and the disease costs the economy £23 billion a year. By 2040, the number of people affected is expected to double - and the costs are likely to treble.

Further investment will also be placed into creating dementia friendly communities. By the end of 2015 Public Health England and the Althzeimer's Society aspire to get a minimum of 20 towns working towards becoming dementia friendly and to create one million dementia friend - people with the confidence to support those with dementia.