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Memory assessment services 

Memory assessment services
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Memory assessment services
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Sube Banerjee

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10.1093/med/9780199644957.003.0024
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date: 25 November 2017

Memory clinics were first developed in the 1970s and 1980s to help facilitate research. More recently they have evolved into Memory Services increasingly focussing on delivering early diagnosis and intervention for people with dementia and their carers. Compared with traditional community mental health services their focus is no early diagnosis in itself rather than the management of complex problems in dementia. The increasing awareness of dementia, and the extent of the health and social care challenge presented by dementia, has led to the development many more memory services and this development has been encouraged by different governments around the world. There is good evidence for the clinical and cost effectiveness of early diagnosis and intervention of dementia and memory services aim to achieve this. This chapter considers who memory services are for and what they should aim to achieve. It reviews the evidence base and discusses “what good looks like” for memory services and considers the need to understand the specific problem that such services are designed to address. A good memory service makes the diagnosis well, explains the diagnosis well and provides the immediate care, support and treatment that is needed by the person with dementia and their carers. Knowledge is power for people with dementia their carers.

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