Why is it an issue?

The term ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning.

What is the position in Devon?

Dementia prevalence increases with age, from around 1 in 100 people at the age of 65 to 1 in 3 at the age of 95.  In Devon, the number of people living with dementia is predicted to increase from 12,800 in 2011 to 20,300 in 2030.  Around 34% of the population estimated to have dementia in Devon are on a GP dementia register, compared with 39% nationally.

What is the evidence of effective interventions?

Our joint approach is based on the objectives of the National Dementia Strategy (2009) and the Prime Ministers Challenge on Dementia.  Increasing early diagnosis is important in Devon. Improvements to dementia services are required in three areas;

  • Improved awareness
  • Earlier diagnosis and intervention
  • Higher quality of care