There are approximately 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland.

The experience of the illness is subjective and unique to each individual. Effectively tackling the symptoms of dementia requires a coordinated range of health and social care interventions.

Number of people with dementia in Scotland 2017

An estimated 90,000 people have dementia in Scotland.  Around 3,200 of these people are under the age of 65. 

Download the statistics for 2017

Table 1: number of people with dementia in Scotland in 2017 by local authority area

Local authority

Males

Females

Total

SCOTLAND

32,326

60,956

93,282

Aberdeen City

1,182

2,273

3,455

Aberdeenshire

1,614

2,711

4,325

Angus

898

1,629

2,526

Argyll & Bute

693

1,289

1,982

Clackmannanshire

300

537

837

Dumfries & Galloway

1,271

2,170

3,441

Dundee City

835

1,711

2,546

East Ayrshire

758

1,415

2,173

East Dunbartonshire

825

1,488

2,314

East Lothian

684

1,248

1,932

East Renfrewshire

598

1,240

1,838

Edinburgh, City of

2,531

5,115

7,647

Falkirk

914

1,684

2,598

Fife

2,369

4,292

6,661

Glasgow City

2,502

5,615

8,116

Highland

1,666

2,939

4,605

Inverclyde

480

1,046

1,525

Midlothian

529

923

1,452

Moray

644

1,176

1,820

North Ayrshire

924

1,730

2,654

North Lanarkshire

1,716

3,167

4,883

Orkney Islands

176

273

449

Perth & Kinross

1,178

2,155

3,333

Renfrewshire

1,036

1,959

2,994

Scottish Borders

918

1,551

2,468

Shetland Islands

155

249

404

South Ayrshire

897

1,671

2,567

South Lanarkshire

1,862

3,715

5,577

Stirling

589

1,061

1,650

West Dunbartonshire

479

963

1,442

West Lothian

888

1,532

2,421

Western Isles

215

432

647

 


How we calculate the number of people with dementia in Scotland

For the 30-89 age groups we used population projections for 2017 (2012 based) from the General Register Office for Scotland.  For the 90+ age group we used population projections for 2017 (2012 based) from the Office for National Statistics.  We applied two sets of prevalence rates to the population projections.  The first are from the EuroCoDe[1] study for ages 60+ and the second is from a study conducted by Harvey[2] for the under 60 age group. 

Table 2: prevalence rates of dementia (%) given by the EuroCoDe and Harvey studies

Age group

EuroCoDe

Males

(Under 60 Harvey)

EuroCoDe

Females

(Under 60 Harvey)

30-34

0.0672

0.0672

35-39

0.0672

0.0672

40-44

0.0672

0.0672

45-49

0.0672

0.0672

50-54

0.0672

0.0672

55-59

0.0672

0.0672

60-64

0.2

0.9

65-69

1.8

1.4

70-74

3.2

3.8

75-79

7.0

7.6

80-84

14.5

16.4

85-89

20.9

28.5

90-94

29.2

44.4

95-99

32.4

48.8

100+

32.4

48.8

For more information contact Lindsay Kinnaird, lkinnaird@alzscot.org 0131 243 1453



[1] Alzheimer Europe (2009) EuroCoDe: prevalence of dementia in Europe http://www.alzheimer-europe.org/index.php?lm3=CEE66BE91B37

[2] Harvey R (1998) Young onset dementia: epidemiology, clinical symptoms, family burden, support and outcome Imperial College London

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