A new interactive map has been released which shows where the highest levels of people living with dementia are in the UK.
The map, drawn up by Alzheimer’s Research UK, reveals that coastal areas in the South of the UK are hardest hit by dementia, indicating they are the areas with the highest demand for dementia care and services.
The new online tool is to highlight to MPs, policymakers and the wider public, the importance of keeping dementia high on the political agenda.
People can see the impact of dementia in their local area and find out how their region compares to the rest of the UK. The resource is also part of the charity’s Dementia Statistics Hub, which contains a multitude of up-to-date information about the condition.
According to the data, coastal constituencies in the south of England have the highest number of people living with dementia per head of population – with Christchurch, in Dorset, topping the list. In this constituency, 2,400 people have dementia, which is 2.8% of its overall population – more than double the country’s average of 1.3%.
The five constituencies with the highest prevalence of dementia, per head of population are Christchurch, New Forest West, North Norfolk, Clacton and Worthing West.
Dr Matthew Norton, director of policy at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Dementia is our greatest medical challenge and with our ageing population, the number of people affected by this devastating condition is only going to rise. Today, one in three people have a family member or close friend with dementia. Despite this, there is still a worrying lack of public understanding about the condition, which is we have developed the dementia hotspots maps.”
Currently, there are 850,000 people in the UK living with the dementia and this number is set to soar to one million by 2025.