New Forest west area hardest hit by dementia

View from Abbots Well - Abbotswell car park Frogham - New Forest (Mike Draper)

1:02pm 12th October 2017

Part of the New Forest has been revealed today (Thurs 12 Oct) as one of the UK's worst hit areas for the number of people with dementia. Worse even than parts of London and Manchester.

The shocking findings are revealed in two interactive maps launched by Alzheimer's Research UK. The charity says the whole of the region, stretching eastwards from the edge of the New Forest, is one of the country's worst affected.

Only in Christchurch, Dorset is the problem more acute.

The UK's leading dementia research charity has developed the new maps ahead of a parliamentary information session, to highlight to MPs, policymakers and the wider public, the importance of keeping dementia high on the political agenda. For the first time, 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.

NEW FOREST - WORRYING FIGURES:

The New Forest West constituency, there are 2,262 people living with dementia, which is 2.6% of its population. That's double the country's average of 1.3% meaning it is the second highest constituency in England for dementia prevalence.

Spilt between parliamentary constituencies and Clinical Commissioning Groups' local areas, the maps reveal the number of people living in those areas with dementia, along with the percentage of the population with the condition. Alzheimer's Research UK plans to build on these resources in the future, adding more information about the current state of dementia in the UK.

Dementia prevalence constituency map Oct 2017 (Alzheimers Research)

DEMENTIA MAP: Click on the map to see more info

There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK.

The five constituencies with the highest prevalence of dementia, per head of population are:

  1. Christchurch - 28 per 1,000 people
  2. New Forest West - 27 per 1,000 people
  3. North Norfolk - 24 per 1,000 people
  4. Clacton - 24 per 1,000 people
  5. Worthing West - 24 per 1,000 people

The five lowest are:

  1. Poplar and Limehouse - 4 per 1,000 people
  2. West Ham - 5 per 1,000 people
  3. Bethnal Green and Bow - 5 per 1,000 people
  4. Manchester Central - 5 per 1,000 people
  5. Hackney South and Shoreditch - 5 per 1,000 people

On Thursday 19 October, Alzheimer's Research UK will team up with global pharmaceutical company, MSD, to host a Parliamentary information session for MPs. MPs attending will hear about the impact of dementia in their constituency and learn how they can help defeat the condition.

Dr Matthew Norton, Director of Policy and Strategy 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 why we have developed the dementia hotspots maps."

"As the UK's leading dementia research charity, one of our biggest challenges is to empower people with the knowledge that this cruel and unforgiving condition can be defeated. Dementia is not an inevitable part of ageing, it is caused by diseases. Through the power of research, we know we can change the outlook for people with dementia - but to achieve this, research must have the backing of the public and parliament. The last government made dementia a national priority and we have made great strides towards finding an effective treatment and this momentum must continue. These maps underline the devastating impact dementia is having on our communities, and we hope it will inspire people to join our movement to bring an end to the fear, harm and heartbreak caused by dementia."

DEMENTIA MAPS & INFO:

To take a look at dementia in your area, find the maps here: www.dementiastatistics.org

If you'd like to campaign on behalf of Alzheimer's Research UK and all the people impact by dementia, contact policy@alzheimersresearchuk.org

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