Help for people who have been diagnosed with dementia

A new service called Post Diagnosis Support (PDS) is providing support for people diagnosed with dementia.

More than 2000 people newly diagnosed with dementia each year in NHS Glasgow and Clyde are set to benefit from a new support service tailored to their individual needs.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Alzheimer Scotland, social work services and other voluntary organisations are working together to provide it in the Glasgow and Clyde area.

From now on people who are diagnosed with dementia by their GP will receive support from a named link worker for the following next year.

Stephen Lithgow, Dementia Support and Development lead for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “Receiving a dementia diagnosis can be a difficult time but it is important to provide support as early as possible.

“We know some people may be put off going to their GP because of the stigma and fear surrounding dementia, but practical and emotional support is available.

“The link worker will make sure that the family or carers know what help and support is available to them.”

Anyone who is concerned about dementia-like symptoms should contact their GP in the first instance.