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Today, Alzheimer Europe released its European Carers’ Report 2018. The report explores carers’ experiences of diagnosis and post-diagnostic support in five European countries: the Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Netherlands and Scotland. A total of 1,409 carers participated in the study, with just over 200 from Scotland.

Carers across Europe reported that diagnosis took an average of 2.1 years from the time of problems being first noticed. Delays to diagnosis included the first professional they saw did not consider anything was wrong (33%) and the person with dementia not wanting to seek help (37.9%).

Post-diagnostic support is a still a major issue across Europe. 19% of the carers and 27.9% of people with dementia did not receive any information at the time of diagnosis. 

The need for information on coping and living well with dementia and on available services was particularly high (51.1% and 46% respectively).

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