Nearly 3,000 dementia sufferers in borough

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Nearly 3,000 people in North Tyneside are suffering from dementia, latest figures have revealed.

The new statistics from the Alzheimer’s Society show there are currently 2,806 people living with dementia, with staff saying many of those people are not living well.

They are now urging the government to end the artificial divide between health and social care which disadvantages people with dementia and to commit to a successor to the prime minister’s ‘Challenge on Dementia’.

Alzheimer’s Society regional operations manager Hazel Cuthbertson said: “With over 2,899 people living with dementia on North Tyneside and many more friends and family affected by the condition, it is vital the government takes action.

“We know that parts of the north east are leading the way as some of the best performing areas for support after diagnosis. However, despite good progress, today’s research highlights the huge financial and human impact dementia is having.

“We must do more to ensure that everyone living with dementia gets the care and support they need.”

For further information about the Alzheimer’s Society contact the charity’s Newcastle office on (0191) 275 1950.