A BOOKLET to help the estimated 2,689 people suffering with dementia in the town has been launched by a national charity.

The Alzheimer's Society has provided a comprehensive guide for sufferers and carers across Yorkshire and hopes it will encourage those living with undiagnosed dementia to seek help.

There are about 1,239 recognised dementia sufferers in Barnsley, but it's estimated there are about 1,450 sufferers who have not been diagnosed.

With diagnosis rates increasing, some GPs are still reluctant to diagnose the condition and the guide, which has been produced by Alzheimer's Society and part-funded by The Department of Health, is designed for healthcare professionals to offer to people who have been diagnosed with dementia.

Judith Gregory, Yorkshire area manager for Alzheimer's Society, said: "When people are diagnosed with dementia, they're often unsure what to do and where to turn.

"For the first time, this guide brings together the key information that people need. We're hoping that it will encourage more of the almost 34,000 people in Yorkshire and the Humber who are living with undiagnosed dementia to seek help."

For more information on the guide, click here.