Neurological disorders can be notoriously difficult to diagnose, particularly because the conditions can develop over the span of years. A new study conducted by the Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Scotland has found that this problem translates to everyday life - around 500,000 British adults may have dementia but have so far gone undiagnosed and untreated, according to BBC.
"It's really concerning that six out of ten people with dementia don't have a diagnosis and so can't access the support they badly need," chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society Jeremy Hughes told the news provider.
"Anyone who is concerned about their memory should visit their general practitioner."
This emphasizes the need for Alzheimer's care around the world. Hughes said that it was "shocking" to see that so many dementia patients were trying to deal with the illness on their own.
The study estimates one million British adults will have dementia within the next 10 years,
In the United States, the Alzheimer's Association estimates that 5.3 million Americans are affected by the disease and around 10.9 million individuals are providing homecare for them.