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The Government plans to increase the level of dementia training for GPs as they believe that many case go unnoticed.
Ministers also want to set up "memory clinics" to help the growing number of patients live as normally as possible.

A spokeswoman for The Department of Health said: "We want to make sure that every GP is trained to spot the first signs of dementia, and to refer patients on to specialists."

In the UK about 700,000 people have a form of dementia, and this number is expected to double or triple.

Family GP, Dr Rosemary Leonard, said memory clinics are important for encouraging medical staff to liaise with social services because dementia is a social problem as well as a medical one.

Alzheimer's Research Trust's chief executive, Rebecca Wood, said: "This is a much-needed move, as most dementia cases still go undiagnosed... Unfortunately dementia research is still severely underfunded, receiving eight times less government research funding than cancer. If we don't act now on research, dementia will cost the UK economy £50 billion annually within 30 years."

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