'Up to 27 million' living with undiagnosed dementia

Posted on 13 September 2011

Up to 27 million people are living with undiagnosed dementia globally, the latest figures show, with many of these likely to be looking for ways to pay for care.

The World Alzheimer's Reports 2011 also estimated that diagnosing the condition early could save up to $10,000 (£6,254) per person.

According to the study, providing medications as well as support for carers could delay the individual's need to start choosing a care home.

Furthermore, each country should implement a national dementia strategy, authors note.

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, said: "In the UK right now 60 per cent of people with dementia are struggling in the dark with no formal diagnosis. These people must be helped. Empowered with an early diagnosis, they can benefit from potential treatments and support which could vastly improve their quality of life."

This follows an analysis at Mayo Clinic which found that aerobic exercise could cut the risk of dementia and slow its progression after onset.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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