All in this together? How socioeconomic deprivation affects dementia treatment

This is certainly happening in Asia with the poor attaining the least dignified care and little attention paid to their rights, independence and care.

British Geriatrics Society

aaClaudia Cooper is a senior lecturer at University College London, specialising in older people with dementia and mental health issues, and an honorary consultant old age psychiatrist with Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. In this blog, she discusses her recent Age & Ageing paper on dementia and socioeconomic deprivation.

Over 800,000 people in the UK have dementia and numbers are growing as people live longer. There is no cure but drug treatments can help, for example by slowing memory loss among some people. The UK National Dementia Strategies made fair access to these treatments a priority.  We wanted to find out how likely it is that people living with dementia get these drugs.

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