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Behavioral symptoms of dementia can occur up to 10 years before the disease is diagnosed.

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Behavioral symptoms of dementia can occur up to 10 years before the disease is diagnosed.

Experts gathered at the XVII Update Course in Psychogeriatrics, organized by the Hospital Sagrat Cor de Hermanas Hospitalarias together with the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​have called for the need to have more devices and specific training for the treatment of the psychological and behavioral symptoms of dementia, very prevalent and, in some cases, can occur up to 10 years before the diagnosis of the disease.

This edition, which has been the most successful since it began its journey 17 years ago, has focused on the neuropsychiatry of neurodegenerative diseases and has brought together more than 1,500 professionals from around the world online. Behavioral symptoms, present in 90% of people with dementia Within the framework of the event, it was highlighted that an early diagnosis of dementia can help prevent important complications and maintain the quality of life of people who suffer from it.

In this sense, it has been explained that psychological and behavioral symptoms in dementia are present in 90% of cases. Despite their high prevalence and the high degree of suffering they entail for both the person treated and their family and caregivers, there are currently not enough specific devices for their treatment in critical situations. Specifically, in Spain there are only two acute geriatric psychiatry units, one of them at the Sagrat Cor de Hermanas Hospitalarias Hospital in Martorell. “These devices allow us to take on this type of patient urgently and, thanks to their specialized personnel, avoid serious complications in their management,” says Dr. Manel Sánchez, coordinator of the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit at the Sagrat Cor Hospital and promoter of the Training Course. Update in Psychogeriatrics. “In addition, the fact that these are very varied symptoms requires specific training, which is also insufficient today among professionals involved in the management of dementia,” explains doctor Javier Olivera, from the Psychogeriatrics Program at the San Jorge University Hospital. from Huesca, who has been one of the speakers in this edition of the Update Course in Psychogeriatrics.

“Today we can say that people with dementia suffer double discrimination, both for being elderly, as they are not considered a priority, and for having a mental illness,” adds the expert. The importance of early diagnosis for better management of dementia Behavioral symptoms may be the first indication of dementia, before memory loss or cognitive symptoms. For example, as Dr. Olivera explains, in the case of frontotemporal dementias, behavioral symptoms can appear up to 10 years before the diagnosis of the disease and something similar occurs with a symptom such as apathy and the subsequent development of the disease. Alzheimer’s

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