Hundreds of people living in the Scottish Highlands are unaware that they are living with dementia, it has been claimed.
NHS experts believe that as many as 3,000 people in the region are living with the condition, although official figures record that just 1,700 have been diagnosed, according to broadcaster STV.
Karen Watchman of Stirling University's Dementia Services Development Centre said that this means many hundreds of people could be missing out on vital services and information that could make their lives easier.
"They can also make decisions about how they want to be cared for in future and to grant power of attorney to a trusted relative or friend. Early diagnosis opens doors to a more individual approach to care," she told the news provider.
Dementia treatment and care costs the UK economy upwards of £23 billion each year, according to the latest research from the Alzheimer's Research Trust.
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