Tower Hamlets dementia rate lowest in Britain

Tower Hamlets has the lowest dementia rate in the UK Pic: Tibor Mozes

Residents in Tower Hamlets have the lowest rate of dementia in Britain according to figures from Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Dementia is uncommon in people under the age of 65 and the borough has the fourth youngest population of all authorities in the UK and almost half of the borough’s demographic is aged 20-39.

The figures show that only 0.38 per cent of Tower Hamlet’s population have dementia, totalling 592 people.

Christchurch in Dorset has the highest rate with 2.82 per cent of its population suffering from the disease.

Alzheimer’s is one of the key problems for the UK’s ageing population. One in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK right now and a further 225,000 people will develop Alzheimer’s this year, one every three minutes.

Dr Matthew Norton, director of policy at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: ͞Dementia is our greatest medical challenge and with our ageing population, the number of people affected by this devastating condition is only going to rise.”

The Alzheimer’s Society predict the numbers will rise to over one million by 2025, soaring to two million by 2051.

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