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Find out if your town is a dementia hotspot

Christchurch in Dorset has been named a dementia hotspot.

According to a study by Alzheimers Research UK - the town has the highest prevalence of the disease, with 28 cases per one thousand people.

The New Forest has 27 cases per thousand, with Worthing at 24.

Alzheimer's UK has published a list of 'dementia hotspots' Credit: ITV News

It's thought coastal towns and areas feature heavily as they are popular with retired people.

Currently there are 2,400 people in Christchurch with dementia.

The areas with the highest prevalence typically have between 1,500 and 2,700 people suffering dementia.

There are currently 850,000 people living with the dementia in the UK but this is expected to rise to one million by 2025 as people live longer.

Alzheimer's UK has published a list of 'dementia hotspots' Credit: ITV Meridian

"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."

– Dr Matthew Norton, director of policy at Alzheimer's Research UK