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Journal of General Practice Nursing (GPN) | March 2022

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Dementia is everybody’s business

Dementia is everybody’s business
Dementia

Pages: 24 - 25

There are estimated to be 900,000 people withdementia in the UK and indications are that this will increase to one million people by 2025 and two million by 2051 (Wittenberg et al, 2019). While dementia is associated with old age, there are approximately 42,500 people under the age of 65 years old diagnosed with young onset dementia (Sandilyan and Dening, 2019). Due to the progressive nature and neurodegeneration of dementia, it is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales, accounting for 12.5% of all deaths registered in 2019 (Office for National Statistics [ONS], 2020).

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