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Alzheimer's Disease

Volume 403: debated on Monday 7 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the incidence of Alzheimer's disease in each of the last 10 years. [107161]

The Department of Health does not routinely collect information about the incidence of Alzheimer's disease but it is estimated that about 5 per cent. of people over 65 have dementia, and that Alzheimer's disease causes up to 60 per cent. of cases of dementia. While there are different estimates available, in 2001 the national service framework for older people reported that approximately 600,000 people in the United Kingdom had dementia.