Leeds faces dementia timebomb

June and Len Rance.
June and Len Rance.
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Shocking figures reveal Leeds is in the grip of a dementia timebomb, with health chiefs estimating 10,000 will suffer from the condition by 2025.

The figure is nearly double the 5,800 people diagnosed with dementia in Leeds today but experts fear a further 3,000 are living with the condition without realising.

With one in four of us expected to succumb during our lifetime, the issue has become an urgent topic to be tackled in the city.

Among those with the condition is grandmother-of-five June Rance, 72, who was diagnosed at the age of 41 – one of the youngest patients her doctors had ever seen at the time.

Over the past 30 years, her main carer has been her devoted husband of 54 years, Len, 71 – but he too has now been given the devastating diagnosis.

“I wouldn’t wish this on anybody,” he said.

’I don’t know what I’m doing - its degrading’