New health figures reveal the rising toll of dementia

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Blackpool has more people living with dementia than anywhere else in Lancashire, new figures have found.

The statistics released by the Alzheimer’s Society show more than 2,082 people in the resort are suffering from the disease.

Meanwhile, Wyre has the second highest amount with 2,070 sufferers, and there are 1,497 people living with the condition in Fylde.

Deborah Parker, operations manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Lancashire, has called on the Government to ensure those suffering get the care and support they need.

She said: “With more than 2,000 people living with dementia in Blackpool, and many more friends and family affected by the condition, it is vital the Government takes action.

“We know that parts of Lancashire 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.”

The charity estimates that by 2015, there will be 850,000 people living with the condition in the UK, costing £26bn a year.