SIX out of ten Silhillians living with dementia have not been diagnosed with the condition, shocking new statistics reveal.
Figures released by the Alzheimer’s Society show that a sizeable number of the estimated 2937 sufferers in Solihull don’t know they have the condition.
The charity says one of the reasons so many people are yet to be diagnosed is because they dismiss the symptoms as a natural part of ageing or have their suspicions but, feeling scared, put off a visit to their GP.
David Ash, area manager for the Alzheimer’s Society, said that more people were being diagnosed than before, but more still needed to be done.
“Half of people that are living with dementia aren’t receiving the support, benefits and the medical treatments that are often available,” he said.
Statistics show that one in three people over the age of 65 will die from the disease, meaning many thousands of families will be affected in an area with an ageing population like Solihull. With the number of sufferers set to dramatically rise, the Alzheimer’s Society is looking for more volunteers to join the borough’s fund raising group.
Anyone who can help should call Emma Dowler on 0121 521 3033.
And if you are worried about your memory you can contact the charity on 0300 222 1122 or visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/memoryworry
*Next week we will be speaking to Solihull woman Julie Felton about her family’s experiences.