Dementia in Derbyshire will rise to 13,350 cases in decade

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DERBYSHIRE health staff have welcomed the announcement of extra funding for research into dementia.

Prime Minister David Cameron recently pledged to more than double funding to make Britain a world leader in the field of dementia research by 2015.

And the news has been welcomed by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, who care for patients with dementia at hospitals and day hospitals across the county, including at Buxton’s Cavendish Hospital.

Patrick Murphy, General Manager for Older People’s Mental Health Services at the trust, said: “Our health teams provide wonderful care to patients and support to their families at often difficult times.

“They see how dementia affects lives every day and their care and dedication is outstanding.

“News that dementia is to be given a bigger priority on the national agenda is very welcome.”

In 2007 there were 9,184 diagnosed dementia patients in Derbyshire. By 2021 it is estimated there will be more than 13,350 diagnosed dementia cases across the county – with up to twice as many again in the undiagnosed early stages of the illness.

Patrick added: “As people live longer, cases of dementia are rising.

“Any new insights into how the disease develops are going to have a significant impact in the future and can only help in developing further supportive approaches.”