A range of services to help identify, treat, care for and support people who have a dementia, and their carers. Here, you will find some key information about our dementia pathway, dementia itself, the services we have for people with dementia, the resources available from our partner agencies and links to other sources of information that might help you.
Dementia is a progressive neurological disease of the brain. It is not a normal part of ageing.
There are around 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over one million by 2025.
225,000 will develop dementia this year, that's one every three minutes. 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia (NHS UK 2017)
In the UK, 62% of people with dementia are female and 38% are male. This is likely to be a consequence of the fact that women live longer than men and age is the biggest known risk factor for the condition. For more information on actions to take in mid-life to help prevent dementia, visit the health matters page of the government website.
In Dorset the figure is around 13,400 people of all ages living with dementia (NHS Dorset, 2019)
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