Supporting people with learning disabilities who develop dementia

11:30 - 12:45

People with learning disabilities are living longer and consequently they are more at risk of developing dementia, particularly those with Down’s syndrome. They are also at greater risk of developing dementia at a younger age than the wider population: one in 10 develop young onset dementia. But having a learning disability can make diagnosis more difficult. This session will cover:

  • Understanding dementia in people with learning disabilities and spotting the early signs; referral pathways and different diagnoses
  • Post-diagnostic support: the philosophy of care, interventions, and social and emotional support that enable adults with learning disabilities to live well with dementia
  • Measuring quality outcomes for people with learning disabilities and dementia


Dr Karen Dodd, associate director, services for people with learning disabilities, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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