Undiagnosed dementia cases shown on map1st March 2011
Researchers have compiled a 'dementia map' which reveals huge differences between the number of people who have dementia and the number who have been diagnosed with the disease.
The map showed that people living in Dorset had the lowest rates of diagnosis, with only 26% of people aware that they had the disease.
The highest rates of diagnosis were in Belfast, where 69% of people knew they had dementia.
The research, which was supported by Tesco, was compiled by the Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Scotland.
The researchers decided to apply data about the prevalence of dementia to government information on population statistics.
They then compared their findings with information gathered by GPs about dementia diagnosis in 2010.
The researchers said their research revealed that around 500,000 people had the disease but had not been diagnosed and in a decade's time more than a million people would have dementia.
Jeremy Hughes, the chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, said the 'dementia map' showed some large variations in diagnosis.
He added: "It's really concerning that six out of ten people with dementia don't have a diagnosis and so can't access the support they badly need. Anyone who is concerned about their memory should visit their GP."
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Title: Undiagnosed dementia cases shown on map
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 17718
Date Added: 1st Mar 2011