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Doctors to test all pensioners for dementia

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Doctors to test all pensioners for dementia

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Pensioners will be given memory tests every time they visit a doctor or nurse under plans to improve the diagnosis of dementia, the Prime Minister will announce.

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Re: Doctors to test all pensioners for dementia

That's providing they remember their appointment!  Roll eyes
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Re: Doctors to test all pensioners for dementia

Discrimination ! Smiley
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Re: Doctors to test all pensioners for dementia

If your worried about dementia try:-
http://www.sagetest.osu.edu/download.html?Submit=Continue+to+Download
Note only ONE of the test should be completed Roll eyes
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Re: Doctors to test all pensioners for dementia

Just how many nickels are in 60 Cents ? Wink
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Re: Doctors to test all pensioners for dementia

Where is the extra money for that coming from then? Every pensioner who has this test = more time with the Dr / Nurse.
More time with the Dr / Nurse = Less time for other patients (who are younger, working and contributing towards the economy so need to be kept in working health).
Less time for other patients = less health care & more health pro's needed = More money needed.
I thought dementia was something we were supposed to accept as part of getting old. Next thing you know Ofwat will be launching a multimillion pound monthly survey to check that water still runs down hills  Crazy
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Re: Doctors to test all pensioners for dementia

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I thought dementia was something we were supposed to accept as part of getting old.
Have you ever been affected by someone with dementia?

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Re: Doctors to test all pensioners for dementia

If there is a possibility of preventing or delaying the onset of dementia it is money well spent.  It could also save the health service money in the long run by reducing the need for care services etc.  Also remember people suffering from dementia have worked all their lives and deserve to be looked after in their later years.
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Re: Doctors to test all pensioners for dementia

Most dementia treatments are ineffective though stimulating phyical exercise can help.  The point of this proposed  imposed testing is what?
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The point of this proposed  imposed testing is what?

I've no idea as there is no cure for it currently.
Meanwhile maternity wards are being closed down and other younger people are being forced to accept second class treatment from the NHS.
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The point of this proposed  imposed testing is what?
I think artmo covered that in his post.
I assume the patient can refuse to take the test if he/she so wishes.

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Re: Doctors to test all pensioners for dementia

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Meanwhile maternity wards are being closed down and other younger people are being forced to accept second class treatment from the NHS.

Mmmmmm I seem to remember when I thought I'd never get old and never need extra healthcare  Cry
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Re: Doctors to test all pensioners for dementia

I appreciate that no-one wants dementia. I don't and I'm sure you all don't. The point is though that we will all die of something. If you cure dementia there will only be another disease to replace it.
I won't be popular with you all for saying that but its the truth.
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Re: Doctors to test all pensioners for dementia

So do you apply the same thinking to sufferers of heart disease and cancer or does your prejudice but extend to dementia sufferers?