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 2016

Approximately 90,000 people have dementia in Scotland in 2016.  Around 3,200 of these people are under the age of 65.   

Download the statistics for 2016

 

Table 1: number of people with dementia in Scotland in 2016 by local authority area

Local authority

Males

Females

Total

SCOTLAND

31,282

59,402

90,684

Aberdeen City

1,142

2,229

3,372

Aberdeenshire

1,558

2,631

4,189

Angus

864

1,584

2,448

Argyll & Bute

671

1,254

1,925

Clackmannanshire

285

517

803

Dumfries & Galloway

1,226

2,110

3,336

Dundee City

824

1,684

2,508

East Ayrshire

737

1,368

2,105

East Dunbartonshire

792

1,432

2,224

East Lothian

661

1,213

1,874

East Renfrewshire

581

1,207

1,788

Edinburgh, City of

2,467

5,020

7,487

Falkirk

884

1,634

2,518

Fife

2,283

4,184

6,467

Glasgow City

2,463

5,566

8,029

Highland

1,603

2,849

4,452

Inverclyde

469

1,020

1,489

Midlothian

508

894

1,402

Moray

621

1,136

1,757

North Ayrshire

891

1,679

2,571

North Lanarkshire

1,661

3,079

4,739

Orkney Islands

169

265

434

Perth & Kinross

1,135

2,084

3,218

Renfrewshire

1,004

1,908

2,912

Scottish Borders

889

1,512

2,401

Shetland Islands

147

240

388

South Ayrshire

867

1,634

2,500

South Lanarkshire

1,792

3,604

5,396

Stirling

564

1,029

1,593

West Dunbartonshire

467

947

1,414

West Lothian

847

1,469

2,316

Western Isles

208

422

630

 

How we calculate the number of people with dementia in Scotland

For the 30-89 age groups we used population projections for 2016 (2012 based) from the General Register Office for Scotland.  For the 90+ age group we used population projections for 2016 (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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