Health ministers have pledged to do more to increase dementia awareness after a report revealed that Norfolk had one of the lowest rates of diagnosis.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

New figures released by the Alzheimer’s Society reveal that there is a postcode lottery when it comes to dementia diagnosis across Britain, with Norfolk near the bottom of the league table.

The figures show that more than 8,000 people in Norfolk have undiagnosed dementia with a diagnosis rate of 36pc. In Suffolk, the dementia diagnosis rate is 42pc with an estimated 5,300 people not receiving treatment. The highest rate of diagnosis is East Riding in Yorkshire at 75pc.

Officials at the Alzheimer’s Society have warned that the numbers of undiagnosed cases are set to increase over the next eight years unless more is done to help patients and raise awareness.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, who is also a health minister in the coalition government, called on people in Norfolk to sign up to a scheme to become a ‘dementia friend’.

“It is good that diagnosis rates in Norfolk have improved on last year, but there is still a lot of work to do. If other areas can improve their rates of diagnosis, there is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to do so here in Norfolk as well. Early diagnosis can make a huge difference to people’s quality of life.”

“Although official diagnosis rates may understate the true position, there is still a massive challenge but it is clear that Norfolk and Suffolk’s Dementia Alliance is leading the way in setting about transforming the care of people with dementia,” he said.

The government launched its dementia challenge last year to increase awareness of the condition and rates of diagnosis. The Department of Health is providing £50m of funding to NHS trusts and local authorities to help tailor hospitals and care homes to the needs of people with dementia. The government is also looking to recruit a million dementia friends by 2015.

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society said: “It’s disgraceful that more than half of all people with dementia are not receiving a diagnosis, and disappointing to see such a disparity in diagnosis rates in different regions of the UK. This goes against best clinical practice and is preventing people with dementia from accessing the support, benefits and the medical treatments that can help them live well with the condition. Studies show that an early diagnosis can save the taxpayer thousands of pounds.”

5 comments

  • Daisy Root, that skunk stuff will get you in the end or even worse you'll end up packaged in a Tesco burger Soylent green style.

    Report this comment

    nrg

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Yup nrg, if you can't remember the 60s or where you put your teeth you are an old stoner with dementia...might as well skin up again and make the best of it.

    Report this comment

    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • How does the Alzheimer's Society know that 8000 people in Norfolk have undiagnosed dementia if it is undiagnosed? Is this a special medical term where charities know what individuals are suffering from before a medical assessment has been made? Or is it a case of a charity wanting to raise its status by claiming there are more sufferers than there are? Perhaps Norfolk has lower rates of dementia, perhaps the lower lead fumes from petrol or cleaner air from a non industrial environment or even genetics has something to do with the lower rate of diagnosis.However if these figures represent people who are presenting to their GP with symptoms resembling Alzheimers it is indeed a disgrace that more are not having consultations to rule out all the other possible causes of the symptoms. I think we should beware the dementia industry, big money in dementia drugs and care homes when what elderly people might really need is better health care in general and more support.

    Report this comment

    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Low rate of dementia in Norfolk but the forgetfulness is reaching new highs in the Liberal Democrats, right, Norman?

    Report this comment

    Jeffrey Osborne

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • The oap hippie generation reaping the rewards of smoking dope.....far out!!!!

    Report this comment

    nrg

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Norfolk Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 16°C

Five-day forecast

loading...

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT