Study warns Plymouth people of dementia

More than 2,500 people in Plymouth in 2021 will be living with dementia that has gone undiagnosed, according to researchers.

The Mapping the Dementia Gap study by Tesco, the Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer Scotland is aimed at increasing awareness of dementia.

It suggests more than 3,900 people in Plymouth will have dementia in 2021, with 36% of them diagnosed.

NHS South West said it was raising awareness and diagnosis of dementia.

The interactive map shows where Plymouth falls in relation to diagnosis rates around the UK.

'Unique partnership'

Plymouth is ranked 131 out of 169 NHS commissioning bodies in the UK for diagnosis rates.

Tesco, Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer Scotland plan to raise £5m to raise diagnosis levels.

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, said: "The money raised through the Tesco partnership will help us make sure people with dementia don't face it alone.

"Anyone who is concerned about their memory should visit their GP."

A spokeswoman for NHS South West said: "In the South West we are working as part of a unique partnership to improve awareness, diagnosis and care for people living with dementia.

"The South West Dementia Partnership, which includes NHS and local authority partners, along with the Alzheimer's Society, was set up to help lead the way in delivering the National Dementia Strategy across the region."

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