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Dementia is a progressive, terminal condition characterised by a widespread loss of mental function, severely impacting upon an individual’s ability to carry out previously simple daily activities. It can affect people of any age but is most common in older people.

Dementia presents a significant and urgent challenge to health and social care in County Durham, in terms of both numbers of people affected and the costs associated with it.

There are over 4,800 people registered with dementia in County Durham (2014/15)

Factsheet: Dementia (PDF, 975kb)

Key messages

  • Dementia prevalence in County Durham is significantly higher than England, and has been rising over time both locally and nationally.
  • Dementia mortality rates have steadily risen since 2011 for both 65+ years and early onset, with both the North East and County Durham having higher rates than England.

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