Over 800,000 people in the UK are thought to be living with dementia. One third never get diagnosed despite dementia causing significant problems with cognitive and functional health. Recent research has found that dementia may be avoidable in up to 20% of people, and the biggest correctable risk factor is hearing loss.
A 2017 study in The Lancet showed that mid-life hearing loss tops nine risk factors that contribute to the risk of dementia. The study was perhaps the most definitive of a growing body of evidence pointing to an important truth: the risk of dementia can be significantly reduced if people take good care of their hearing. This year, the Ear Foundation published a briefing paper on the latest understanding about the links between cognitive decline, dementia and hearing loss.
Dr Warner’s interactive session on the Friday of Congress will explore the common types of dementia; how they manifest and progress, what treatments are available and what impact dementia has on the individual. Participants will also be asked to share their experiences of dealing with clients with suspected dementia and share learning on how best to support this client group.
Dr Warner is a consultant psychiatrist specialising in older adult’s mental health. He qualified as a doctor from Charing Cross Hospital Medical School in 1986. He has been a consultant psychiatrist at Central North West London Foundation Trust since 1998 specialising in diagnosis and treatment of dementia, depression, psychosis and other mental illnesses affecting older people. He was chair of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists 2012-2016, and National Professional Advisor for old age psychiatry at the Care Quality Commission.