Latest figures show half of people living with dementia in North Devon and Torridge could be undiagnosed.
Almost half of people living with dementia in North Devon and Torridge could be undiagnosed.
Local figures show 1,604 were officially diagnosed with dementia in the northern Devon area as of March last year, with a calculator tool anticipating as many as 2,831 had the condition.
The latest Public Health Devon reports projects 2,851 in North Devon and 2,168 in Torridge will be living with dementia by 2036.
The North Devon Care Homes Team of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has been working hard to help local care homes and domiciliary care providers to raise awareness of dementia.
A forum for care homes, the voluntary sector and relatives was held in May and another is being held at Barnstaple Rugby Club on November 18, featuring various speakers and compere Judi Spiers.
Sarah Davies, safeguarding nurse with the team, said: “As a team we recognise we want to do more to raise awareness of dementia and so we have booked the bus to come to Kenwith, but the experience will be open to a member of staff from every care home in North Devon because we know that it will help improve the care they give to people living with this condition.
“We are really aware that dementia is increasing as people are living longer and we would like to support our care homes to care for people living with this disease with dignity, respect and as individuals, all who have their own feelings and life story to take into account and continue to build upon.”
Sarah said the local branch of the Alzheimer’s Society had been a great support.
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