Dementia cases on the rise

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DEMENTIA cases are on the rise in the North East, according to new figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group had the highest number of sufferers in the region in March 2014, with 0.93 per cent of patients diagnosed with dementia.

This was closely followed by NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG at 0.84 per cent.

Rob Stewart, North East communications and media officer for the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “The stark reality is that hundreds of thousands still face the life-altering diagnosis of dementia alone, without any support or information.”

Nationally, the number of people diagnosed with dementia has soared in the last seven years.

In 2013/14 there were 344,000 people in England who had received a diagnosis – up from 213,000 in 2006/7.

It can be attributed to an ageing population, improved recording in diagnosis or other factors, the HSCIC said.