England records rise in dementia diagnoses

30 July 2014 Last updated at 13:21

England records rise in dementia diagnoses

By Helen Briggs Health editor, BBC News website

The number of people in England diagnosed with dementia has risen by 62% over seven years.

In 2013-14, 344,000 people received a diagnosis – up from 213,000 in 2006-07, when statistics were first collected.

The provisional figures also suggest an 8% rise in the number of recorded dementia cases since 2012-13.

The rise could be due to a number of factors, including an ageing population and improved diagnosis, the Health and Social Care Information Centre said.

Half of people living with dementia were still not registered as having the condition, said George Mcnamara, of the Alzheimer’s Society.

“With an ageing population and more people developing the condition, diagnosing dementia must remain a priority,” he added.

Hilary Evans, of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said the figures gave some idea of the scale of the challenge in England.

“This report does not set out to investigate the reasons for the rising figures, but it’s likely that recent moves to improve dementia diagnosis rates, along with an ageing population, will have contributed to this increase,” she said.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre said the data would be used in planning services.

“We are all aware of the challenges facing our ageing population, and these figures will be vital for those planning and monitoring the effectiveness of dementia treatments and services,” said chairman Kingsley Manning.

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  • theunhivedmind

    All through the increase in excitotoxin use such as Aspartame and other sweeteners along with flavour enhancers like Monosodium Glutamate. On top of this you have the heavy metals and inorganic minerals in the food and water. Then to make matters even worse big pharma (The Worshipful Company of Apothecaries/Barbers) pushing Statins and soon for even more victims. Shall we go even one step further again? Hows about the worldwide spraying of Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering by the U.S. Air Force and partners through the Open Skies Treaty meaning you having to breath in aerosolized particles of Aluminium. Lets not forget the slow-kill vaccinations which quickly ruin the brain functioning of the elderly victims. All by design of course, go read such books as ‘The Impact of Science on Society’ by Bertrand Russell.

    -= The Unhived Mind

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