Number of undiagnosed dementia cases on the rise

22 February 2012

Many people are failing to undergo diagnostic imaging x-rays in order to identify whether they have dementia.

This is the key finding of a new study carried out by the Alzheimer's Society, which disclosed that the number of people diagnosed with the condition in Plymouth alone increased by 119 cases last year.

As a result, there are 1,237 dementia suffers now identified in the city alone, up from 1,118 individuals in 2010.

However, the Alzheimer's Society has also found that of the people living in Plymouth who suffer from dementia, just 39.5 per cent have undergone a correct diagnosis.

Debbie Donnison, Alzheimer's Society area manager, commented: "It's disturbing that well over half of people who are living with dementia still don't have a diagnosis and so aren't receiving the support, benefits and the medical treatments that are often available."

Dementia is a group of related symptoms which leads to people suffering from an ongoing decline of their brain's functions and its abilities.

Those who contract the condition can experience a decline in memory, understanding, judgement, language and thinking.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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