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The number of older people living with dementia hit a record high last month, new figures show.
A total of 453,881 over-65s were living with the condition in May, NHS England said.
This number has increased by 7% since the data was first recorded in June 2016, from 424,390 diagnoses.
With numbers increasing rapidly some hospitals, such as Royal Free Hospital in north London, have moved to look after dementia patients differently.
They’ve decorated the ward to look like an old seaside resort to allow them to see the “outside world and trigger pleasant memories” – but every bed is taken and the waiting list is lengthy.
Danielle Wilde, group lead for dementia, at the Royal Free Hospital, said: “We tend to be a bit of a last resort for patients to be brought. In many cases patients who are brought to hospital don’t have a medical reason for being here.
“They’re brought here because there are people here who can look after them, we need to change that.”
NHS leaders admit the service is having to run to keep up but they insist there is more care in the community.