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No 'magic bullet' for dementia patients

Published on 12/11/2009
Hopes for the development of a magic bullet to cure dementia are not realistic, experts warn.

Richard Hawkins, editor in chief of the Journal of Dementia Care, explained that it is up to health professionals and carers to improve the quality of life for sufferers as a priority rather than holding out for a miracle cure.

He said: "Where we are really going to have to focus on is the social care for people with dementia.

"We've got to come up with lots of strategies for caring... early diagnosis is increasingly becoming possible through MRI scans and much more sophisticated cognitive tests."

Mr Hawkins' comments follow the 4th UK Dementia Congress event, which attracted a host of healthcare workers to Harrogate last week.

According to the Department of Health, the inaugural National Dementia Strategy document published in February this year will transform the quality of dementia care in the UK.

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