THERE are more than 3,500 dementia sufferers in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, new figures have revealed.

And it has also been announced that the number of deaths from the disease across Scotland has doubled over the past decade.

Figures from Alzheimer’s Research UK highlight the impact of the condition in each area.

A total of 1,366 people living in East Renfrewshire are said to suffer from dementia, which represents 1.47 per cent of the area’s population.

In Paisley and Renfrewshire North, the figure is 1,135 (1.27 per cent), while the total for Paisley and Renfrewshire South is 1,105 (1.3 per cent).

Dr Matthew Norton, director of policy at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Data continues to confirm that the growing scale and impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias cannot be ignored.

“Deaths caused by dementia are not only increasing in Scotland and across the rest of the UK, but data from the World Health Organization shows deaths are expected to triple around the world by 2050.”