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Dementia Going Undiagnosed

A new ‘dementia map’ of the UK suggests six out of ten cases go undiagnosed, leaving families without the support they badly need.

Making news today in the U.K. is a new ‘dementia map’ which reveals stark variations in the rate of diagnosis across different regions. Meanwhile, experts predict Britain will have more than a million dementia patients within a decade. The BBC explains: “The map shows that Dorset has the lowest rates of diagnosis, with just 26% knowing they suffer from dementia.

But at the other end of the spectrum, in Belfast that figure rises to 69%. Researchers applied previously established rates of prevalence of dementia to government population estimates.

…and compared those figures to statistics compiled by GPs of people diagnosed with dementia in 2010.”


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