Campaign to spot the signs of dementia

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THOUSANDS of people in Calderdale are living with dementia – and nearly half of these are undiagnosed.

Latest figures show an estimated 2,376 people in Calderdale live with the condition and of those, 1,439 remain undiagnosed and are missing out on the right treatment.

The figures are expected to rise and by 2021 a predicted 3,095 people in Calderdale will have dementia.

A new Department of Health campaign – being piloted in the Yorkshire and the Humber – aims to increase early diagnosis of dementia by encouraging people to recognise the signs and symptoms. There is no cure for dementia but the right treatment and support can help slow its progression.

Steven Michael, chief executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health services for people in Calderdale, said: “Every year, our Trust helps local people with dementia to live life to the full and we give them access to a variety of treatments and therapies to help them do this.”