Number of people diagnosed with dementia increases
THE number of people being diagnosed with dementia in Derbyshire has increased by about 10% in 12 months, according to figures.
But a report by the Alzheimer's Society suggested there are still thousands of people in the county who have the illness but have not yet been diagnosed with it.
The research shows that, in Derbyshire, 5,261 people were told by doctors they had dementia in 2011, compared with 5,891 last year.
But the society says that the number of suspected undiagnosed patients in the county stands at more than 13,000, with 58,205 estimated cases across the East Midlands.
Ian Howarth, area manager for Alzheimer's Society, said that many people who were living with dementia were not receiving the support, benefits and the treatments available.
He said: "The NHS has made a commitment to improving diagnosis rates – so now it is time for that commitment to turn into action locally, to help ensure people in the East Midlands can live well with the condition."