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Alzheimer's Factfile

As three quarters of people with Alzheimer's say they feel anxious or depressed here are some key facts about the disease.

  • Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, affecting around 465,000 people in the UK.
  • Symptoms can include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning.
  • Women are slightly more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than men.
  • It is likely that a combination of factors, including age, genetic inheritance, environmental factors, lifestyle and overall general health, are responsible for developing dementia.
  • Smokers are almost twice as likely to develop the disease as non-smokers.
  • 77% of people withdementia felt anxious or depressed.
  • Nearly 50% say they've lost friends since their diagnosis and many say they don't feel part of the community.

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Barnsley leads in Dementia care

A study out today reveals Barnsley primary care trust spends more on services for people with Dementia than anywhere else in the country. It spends £802 per person with the lowest spenders, Nottinghamshire, just £38.

Some trusts, inlcuding the East Riding of Yorkshire and Richmond in North Yorkshire have been criticised for not providing the necessary services.

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