A study has revealed that there are now over 700 people living in the Coleraine Council area with dementia.
According to new figures released by Alzheimer’s Society, Coleraine has 735 people living with the illness.
And more worryingly the report reveals that many of those people are not living well.
Alzheimer’s Society is urging the Department of Health, Social Service and Public Safety DHSSPS to take full advantage of their integrated health and social care system to ensure that people with dementia receive the care and support they need from diagnosis to end of life. And prioritise the implementation of Integrated Care Partnerships- a critical component of Transforming Your Care.
Bernadine McCrory, Alzheimer’s Society Director of Operations in Northern Ireland, said: “With over 19,700 people living with dementia in Northern Ireland and many more friends and family affected by the condition, it is vital the government takes action.
“We know that parts of Northern Ireland are leading the way as some of the best performing areas for support after diagnosis. However, despite good progress, today’s research highlights the huge financial and human impact dementia is having.
“In the UK one person develops dementia every three minutes. We must do more to ensure that everyone living with dementia gets the care and support they need.”