Over 10,000 people live with dementia in county
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