AS the Island addresses the highest rate of dementia in the UK, an awareness day is to be held on Wednesday, organised by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust.
As reported by the Isle of Wight County Press last October, the Island had the highest recorded prevalence of dementia in 2011/12.
In the last five years the number of people diagnosed with the condition has risen by 66.5 per cent, to 1,339 in 2011/12, and doctors fear more than 1,200 other Islanders could be living with undiagnosed dementia.
In 2011/12 the number of Islanders diagnosed with dementia was 1 per cent, compared with 0.5 per cent of people nationally.
A joint strategic needs report, produced by the Isle of Wight Council and NHS Isle of Wight last year, warned a further 21 per cent of people are expected to be diagnosed by 2020.
The rise was due to improved diagnosis, as well as people living longer, according to Sue Lightfoot, head of commissioning for mental health and learning disability of the IW Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), a GP-led group responsible for commissioning the Island’s health services.
On Wednesday, professionals and the public will be able to find out more about services to support those with dementia.
It will be held from 10am to 3pm at St Mary’s Hospital, in the conference room.
Dementia is more common in older people but can affect people at any age with one in 14 people over the age of 65 and one in six over the age of 80 having some form of dementia.
It is estimated there could be a 44 per cent increase in the number of people with dementia aged 70 to 74 by 2020, while a 33 per cent increase is estimated for those aged 90 and over.
It is estimated every age group will see a rise, apart from 65 to 69, where a nine per cent fall is predicted.
According to the estimates, there will be a 32 per cent increase for men and a 16 per cent increase for women.
For further facts please refer to the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) fact sheet 'People make healthy choices for healthy lifestyles (Updated September 2013).' (below)
For more information about Dementia services provided by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust visit our website.
Isle of Wight Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (Mental Health)