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New cases of dementia are rising in elderly populations in Wales, UK

Stevenson-Hoare, Joshua, Schalkamp, Ann-Kathrin, Sandor, Cynthia ORCID:, Hardy, John and Escott-Price, Valentina ORCID: 2023. New cases of dementia are rising in elderly populations in Wales, UK. Journal of the Neurological Sciences 451 , 120715. 10.1016/j.jns.2023.120715

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Dementia is one of the most common diseases in elderly populations, and older populations are one of the fastest growing groups globally. Consequently, the number of people developing and living with dementia is likely to grow. Using longitudinal medical records from Wales, UK between 1999 and 2018, diagnoses of overall dementia and common subtypes were combined with demographic data to assess numbers of new and existing cases per year. Data extraction resulted in 161,186 diagnoses from 116,645 individuals. Mean age at diagnosis of dementia increased over this period, resulting in fewer younger people with the disease. New cases of dementia have risen, as has the number of people living with dementia. Individuals with dementia are also living longer, even accounting for their older age. This may present a challenge for healthcare systems as the number of elderly people living with dementia is expected to continue to grow.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0022-510X
Funders: MRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 June 2023
Date of Acceptance: 16 June 2023
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2023 00:37

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