Alzheimers Sufferers In Dorset Going Undiagnosed
8:10am 12th September 2012
(Updated 8:11am 12th September 2012)
Dorset has the lowest rate of diagnoses for Alzheimer's - according to a new study.
That's despite having one of the oldest populations in the UK.
There are currently over 8,000 people living with dementia in Dorset, but only 27% have received a diagnoses.
The Alzheimer's Society published the findings in a new report.
A lack of awareness is thought to be a reason why so few are diagnosed.
Dorset Support Services Manager for the Alzheimer's Society Jo Malyon says many people just see symptoms of the disease as a sign of old age - click below to hear more from Jo.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, affecting around 496,000 people in the UK.
The term 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms which can include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning.
But Support Service Manager Jo says there's still a stigma around people affected - click below to hear more.
The Alzheimer's Society Dementia Community Roadshow is in Dorchester today (Wednesday 12th September 2012) and tomorrow at the towns Tesco store.
They'll be there from 10am until 4pm on both days, offering advice and information about the condition.