Future Care Capital reports that the UK has a “hidden population” of over 70,000 people with young onset dementia (YOD).
The charity Dementia UK analysed figures based on a recent study carried out by researchers from the neurology and dementia intelligence team in the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities. The team arrived at the 7.5% figure by analysing datasets from GP practice records in England. The analysis found that the number had risen by 28,800 (69%) since 2014. The number of people with YOD – which refers to those whose symptoms begin before the age of 65 – now represent 7.5% of all those living with a dementia diagnosis.
Dementia UK is calling for better awareness of YOD and the need for age-appropriate services. Dr Hilda Hayo, the charity’s chief executive, said: “We know that young onset dementia is poorly recognised and misdiagnosed which leads to delays in accessing crucial support. Worryingly, the figure of 70,800 adults who are estimated to be living with the condition in the UK, may just be the tip of the iceberg.”