10 things GPs need to know about dementia

GPs have a critical role to play in the diagnosis and management of people with dementia, say the authors of new Australian guidelines.

The NHMRC-approved guidelines pull together current evidence in dementia care and place the focus on timely diagnosis, exercise, eating well, encouraging autonomy where possible, reducing use of potentially harmful medications, and supporting carers.

Here are some highlights concerning GP management of dementia patients:

  • Concerns or symptoms should be explored when raised and not dismissed as “part of ageing”;
  • A comprehensive