Fears are growing over what's being called a 'social care crisis', as the number of people diagnosed with dementia across the South West has risen by a quarter in the past five years, according to the NHS.
The government launched an initiative to increase the diagnosis rate of dementia in 2012. Back then, it was estimated that less than half of those living with the condition had been diagnosed.
Dementia research currently receives less funding than cancer research.
Healthcare professionals say this needs to change.
The Alzheimer's society are warning due to a lack of proper social care provision, our health service is picking up the strain.
Dame Barbara Windsor bought the issue to the nation's attention back in 2014 when she revealed she'd been diagnosed with dementia.
More than five years on, speaking at a recent ITV event her husband and carer Scott Mitchell says that still little has been done to tackle the scale of the problem.
The UK will have more than one million people living with dementia by the end of this decade.