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Letters Proposed dementia screening

Confusion is everywhere

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 30 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f511
  1. Peter J Gordon, consultant psychiatrist for older adults1,
  2. Sian F Gordon, general practitioner2
  1. 1NHS Forth Valley, Clackmannanshire Community Healthcare Centre, Sauchie, Alloa FK10 3JQ, UK
  2. 2Graeme Medical Centre, Falkirk, UK
  1. petergordon{at}

Confusion abounds. The recent BMJ discussion about screening for dementia highlighted that it is incorrect and potentially stigmatising to consider such confusion as the preserve of the older generation.1

For example, our elders might highlight:

  • 1. General confusion: The general population increasingly uses the word “Alzheimer’s” instead of “dementia.” This is hardly …

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