Just the sort of news Winston was hoping for

Winston has been hoping that this was the case in his bid to salvage his place at the trough:

More than 26,000 New Zealanders may be unaware they are in the grip of dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia conditions are heading toward crisis levels, yet remain underdiagnosed and under-treated, according to the World Alzheimer Report 2011, published today.

Just 40 per cent of dementia cases are recognised in countries such as New Zealand, the report says.

That means more than 26,000 New Zealanders could have the disease but remain undiagnosed.

Most people with dementia get their diagnosis late in the course of the disease, if at all, the report says.

This causes a “treatment gap”, limiting access to information, treatment, care and support.

An “overwhelming surge” of dementia cases was expected in coming years, Alzheimer’s New Zealand national director Johan Vos said.

“We need to close this treatment gap and responsibly support organisations at the frontline of response to this looming crisis.”

The article goes on to list the identifying symptoms of dementia but strangely left off a couple of real clinchers: voting NZ First and attending meetings where Winston peters is speaking.