De­men­tia rate is dou­ble UK av­er­age

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There are al­most 5000 peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia in North La­nark­shire – nearly dou­ble the UK and Scot­tish av­er­ages.

The con­di­tion is one of the big­gest health and so­cial care chal­lenges fac­ing the coun­try, with an in­di­vid­ual be­ing di­ag­nosed ev­ery 30 min­utes.

Sta­tis­tics re­leased by char­ity Alzheimer Scot­land show that 4883 peo­ple have been di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia in North La­nark­shire, with the fig­ures ris­ing to 5600 peo­ple in South La­nark­shire, tak­ing the to­tal num­ber of peo­ple with de­men­tia in La­nark­shire to nearly 10,500.

The Scot­land and UK-wide av­er­age is 0.82 and 0.76 per cent re­spec­tively and in Scot­land less than one per cent of the pop­u­la­tion of peo­ple un­der 65 have early on­set de­men­tia.

The con­di­tion af­fects over 93,000 peo­ple in Scot­land and by 2020 it is es­ti­mated there will be more than one mil­lion peo­ple with the ill­ness in the UK.

Dr Adam Daly, NHS La­nark­shire’s clin­i­cal di­rec­tor of old age psy­chi­a­try, said: “All three of our acute hos­pi­tals have signed up to John’s Cam­paign which supports peo­ple with de­men­tia by en­sur­ing they are sur­rounded by fa­mil­iar faces around the clock by let­ting their car­ers stay with them on the ward.

“Each of our acute hos­pi­tals has also trained dozens of nurses as de­men­tia cham­pi­ons who can pro­vide spe­cial­ist sup­port.

“An early di­ag­no­sis will help peo­ple to re­ceive treat­ment and sup­port when it is likely to have the great­est ben­e­fit.”

New re­search from Alzheimer Scot­land re­vealed that 70 per cent of peo­ple with de­men­tia lose friends af­ter their di­ag­no­sis.

And Age Scot­land found that get­ting de­men­tia was one of the big­gest fears fac­ing peo­ple grow­ing old, ahead of de­vel­op­ing a phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity.

Anne McWhin­nie, of Alzheimer Scot­land, said:“Our sur­vey has re­vealed some heart­break­ing find­ings, but has also high­lighted some key is­sues which we as a so­ci­ety must ur­gently ad­dress.”

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