A Comparison of People Seeking Help at Memory Clinics in Belfast and Dublin
Barrett and Savage (2012) examined socio-demographic and clinical differences in people diagnosed with Alzheimer disease (AD) and MCI attending two specialist memory clinics, one in Dublin and the other in Belfast, and where possible changes over time. They also examined medications used by people diagnosed with AD and MCI in the memory clinics. The mean age of people receiving a diagnosis of AD in the Dublin clinic was 74, and was lower than the mean age of 78 recorded at the Belfast clinic. A greater proportion of women than men (3:1) received a probable diagnosis of AD in both memory clinics, but data from the Dublin clinic suggests that this gender difference may be narrowing. There were differences between the two memory clinics with respect to educational attainment with a higher proportion of people diagnosed with AD in the Belfast clinic with primary educational only, an indication perhaps that the Dublin clinic attracts people from higher social-economic groups.
Barrett, S. and Savage, G. (2012) A Comparison of People Presenting with Symptoms of Dementia in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Centre for Aging Research and Development in Ireland, Dublin and Belfast.