Dr Ros Altmann, Director-General of over-50s organisation Saga, commenting on The World Alzheimer Report 2011, said:
"We welcome any report that highlights a situation where improvements to the quality of life of older people can be maintained or enhanced.
"Agile thinking on the part of family members, carers, dementia-aware groups and organisations can make a vast and positive difference during the onset and development of dementia. Early diagnosis and intervention are key to slowing progression and have the potential to improve the quality of life for millions of older people and their families in future.
"Saga has direct contact with millions of older people, including through our care organisation. We have long since recognised and advocated the importance of that early diagnosis and intervention."
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