Over 10,000 peo­ple live with de­men­tia in county

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More than 10,000 peo­ple are liv­ing with de­men­tia in La­nark­shire, ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures.

A to­tal of 4883 pa­tients have been di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion in North La­nark­shire.

And in neigh­bour­ing South La­nark­shire the fig­ure is 1.4 per cent higher at 5577.

And the num­ber of cases is ex­pected to dou­ble by 2030, ac­cord­ing to Alzheimer Scot­land.

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

Dr Adam Daly, NHS La­nark­shire’s clin­i­cal di­rec­tor of old age psy­chi­a­try, said:“We are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing the best pos­si­ble care and sup­port for peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia.

“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.”

Time bomb More than 10,000 peo­ple here are liv­ing with de­men­tia

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