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Major new report shows the impact of dementia in the UK

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A major study on the social and economic impact of dementia in the UK is published by The Alzheimer's Society today (Tuesday 27 February).

The research, led by Professor Martin Knapp| at LSE's Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) and Professor Martin Prince at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, provides the most detailed and robust picture to date of prevalence and economic impact of dementia in the UK.

The report shows that as the UK's population ages the number of people with dementia will grow substantially. It also shows that dementia costs the UK £17 billion a year on dementia.

What does the report say?

  • There are currently 700,000 people with dementia in the UK
  • There are currently 15,000 younger people with dementia in the UK.
    This is likely to be a major underestimate by up to three times because of the way the data relies on referrals to services
  • There are over 11,500 people with dementia from black and minority ethnic groups in the UK
  • There will be over a million people with dementia by 2025
  • Two thirds of people with dementia are women
  • The proportion of people with dementia doubles for every 5 year age group. One third of people over 95 have dementia
  • 60,000 deaths a year are directly attributable to dementia. Delaying the onset of dementia by 5 years would reduce deaths directly attributable to dementia by 30,000 a year
  • The financial cost of dementia to the UK is over £17 billion a year
  • Family carers of people with dementia save the UK over £6 billion a year
  • 64 per cent of people living in care homes have a form of dementia
  • Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community while one third live in a care home

What is the Alzheimer's Society calling for?

  • Dementia to be made a national health and social care priority
  • A substantial increase in publicly funded dementia research
  • Improvement in dementia care skills
  • Development of community based support
  • Improved carer support
  • A national debate on who pays for care
  • Development of comprehensive integrated dementia care models

Click here to download a summary of the report| (PDF)

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Press cuttings

Age Concern
Med diet helps against Alzheimer's, says expert
(18 Sep)
Article refers to a study carried out by the society, in partnership with the London School of Economics and King's College London, which predicted that by 2025 a total of one million people will suffer from dementia across the UK and as a result the society is promoting healthy eating as a way to reduce the possible impact of the disease.

Birmingham Post
Funding plea as Alzheimer's cases set to soar (11 Sep)
Campaigners have called for more Government funding into research of Alzheimer's as cases in Birmingham are set to spiral by 10 per cent within 15 years. Researchers at the London School of Economics and King's College have found dementia currently affects 9,378 people in Birmingham and is set to rise to 10,305 by 2021.
Source: Lexis Nexis News

The Bolton News
Dementia 'must be a priority
(7 Aug)
Dementia is set to soar in the North-west with experts forecasting a 33 per cent rise over the next 15 years. Research commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society warns that more than 101,000 people in the region will be living with dementia by 2021. The London School of Economics and King's College London research reports that dementia currently affects 76,000 people in the North-west. 

Financial Times
When the chips are brown (28 July)
At some point in our lives, the chances are that we might have to act as carers to those close to us. Latest figures from Dementia UK, a study by the London School of Economics, King's College London and the Alzheimer's Society show, for example, that over the next 20 years, one million people will suffer from dementia.

Petersfield Post
Rates soar
The number of people with dementia is set to soar in Hampshire, with experts forecasting a 42 per cent rise over the next 15 years. The Alzheimer's Society warns that more than 70,000 people in Hampshire will be living with dementia by 2021. The London School of Economics and King's College London research also shows the condition currently affects 50,000 people in the region.
Source: Lexis Nexis News

ICheshire.com
Rise in dementia forecast in study (14 June)
Incidence of dementia is likely to rise by more than a third in the next 15 years in Halton. The figures were revealed in research for the Alzheimer's Society carried out by the London School of Economics and King's College London.

Liverpool Daily Post
Hospitals prepare for an explosion in dementia (7 June)

Incidence of dementia is set to rise by almost 50 per cent in the next 15 years in some parts of Merseyside. The figures were revealed in research for the Alzheimer's Society carried out by the London School of Economics and King's College London.
Source: Lexis Nexis News

Salisbury Journal
Dementia rates set to rocket in 15 years (5 June)
Dementia is set to soar in Wiltshire, with experts forecasting a 45 per cent rise over the next 15 years. New research for the Alzheimer's Society warns nearly 11,000 people in Wiltshire will be living with dementia by 2021 - compared with a current figure of 7,000. The London School of Economics and King's College London research, commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society, reports dementia at present affects 50,000 people in the central west area, and will increase to 70,000 people in less than 15 years.

Newbury Weekly News Group
Dementia rates set to double (25 May)
Dementia is increasing rapidly in Berkshire, a new study published last week has revealed. The research - the first of its kind - shows that rates of dementia will have almost doubled in West Berkshire by the year 2021 - rising by 47 per cent to affect nearly 10,000 people. The study was commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society and prepared by the London School of Economics and King's College London.

Coventry Evening Telegraph
Dementia numbers set to soar in next 10 years (21 May)
The number of people with dementia in Coventry is expected to jump by almost a fifth during the next decade. Research by the Alzheimer's Society warns that 3,800 people could have the condition by 2021, compared with 3,236 now. The LSE and King's College research reports that dementia currently affects 60,000 people in the West Midlands but that this could soar by 37 per cent.
(Source: Lexis Nexis News)

Oxford Mail
Dementia cases set to rocket (20 May)
Article about the Alzheimer's Society research into dementia, which was carried out by LSE and Kings College London.

Craegmoor News
Alzheimer's Society predicts 37 per cent rise in West Midlands (19 May)
Currently, there are 60,000 dementia sufferers in the West Midlands, with Staffordshire and Birmingham having the highest numbers of people with dementia today, according to the London School of Economics.

Guardian
Human trials of oral vaccine for Alzheimer's planned in Japan (30 March 07)
Scientists in Japan have developed an oral vaccine for Alzheimer's disease that has proved effective in mice, raising hopes that an effective treatment for humans can be found for the fatal condition, which affects millions. A recent report by the LSE and the Institute of Psychiatry warned that 1.7 million people in the UK will have dementia by 2051. 

Observer
Coping with the costs of dementia (18 March 07)
A new report from the Alzheimer's Society has put the cost of care for people suffering from dementia at £17bn a year - and families of sufferers are bearing the bulk of this cost. The research, undertaken by King's College and the London School of Economics, reckons that the total number of sufferers is close to 700,000, and looks set to rise to nearly a million by 2025. 

Irish Medical Times
Big rise in dementia expected
(16 March 07)
More than 1.7 million people in the UK will have dementia by 2051, costing billions of pounds each year, according to projections based on the most up-to-date evaluation of the disease, experts have warned. Professor Martin Knapp, LSE, one of the report's authors, said: 'This research highlights the desperate need for dementia to be made a national priority.' 

Bromley Times
Expert calls for dementia aid action plans
(14 March 07)
A leading mental health expert has called on the council to take measures against the rising problem of dementia. Research published this week by the London School of Economics and the Institute of Psychiatry predicts that the numbers of people with the disease will increase by 154 per cent over coming years.

CityWire
Economists warn of rising cost of dementia Printable Version (12 March 07)
An anticipated surge in dementia rates over the coming decades has put planning for long-term care in the spotlight. Health economists from the London School of Economics (LSE) and King's College, London reckon there is going to be a 154 per cent increase in all 100 forms of dementia over the next 44 years.

Sunday Telegraph
Dementia - our societies forgotten victims (4 March 07)
The number of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia is soaring. And, says the Alzheimer's Society, the cost of care is already more than pounds 17bn. In the report, researchers from King's College London and the London School of Economics warn that, there could be a rise of 40 per cent in the number of sufferers to 940,000 by 2025.
Source: Lexis Nexis News

Sunday Herald
Care homes urged to tackle 'dementia time bomb' (4 March 07)
Article refers to a report on the social and economic impact of dementia in the UK, the research was led by Professor Martin Knapp at LSE's Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) and Professor Martin Prince at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London.

Health Insurance and Protection Magazine
Britain facing dementia timebomb (2 March 07)
Research shows that more than 1.7 million people in the UK will have dementia by 2051, an increase of 154 per cent from now. That means that dementia will affect the lives of around one in three people either as a sufferer, or as a carer or relative, according to the researchers, from the London School of Economics and Institute of Psychiatry. 

Harlow Herald
We need beds
(2 March 07)
This week's research by the London School of Economics (LSE) and Institute of Psychiatry backs the Herald's claims that services for people with Alzheimer's and their families, carers and friends are currently inadequate, and more needs to be done.

Wireless Healthcare
More People Will Struggle With Dementia (2 March 07)

York Press
Dementia timebomb warning (2 March 07)

Sinn Fein
More Help Needed for dementia sufferers
(1 March 07) 

Norwich Evening News
The county's looming dementia crisis (28 Feb 07)

Cordis News
UK Alzheimer's Society calls for more funding for dementia research (28 Feb 07)

Pharma Times
Dementia costs the UK nearly 540 per second, says report (28 Feb 07) 

Pink News.co.uk
Alzheimers study has implications for LGBT people (28 Feb 07)

Independent
Honeyed words and difficult decisions
(28 Feb 07)
Article about the role of the State in the family. New research by the London School of Economics and the Institute of Psychiatry shows that the number of people with dementia will increase as our society grows older.

The Guardian
Dementia: Preparing for the worst (28 Feb 07) 

Peninsula Online
Number of dementia sufferers set to rise sharply (28 Feb 07)

In the news
NHS facing dementia crisis, experts warn
(27 Feb 07)
The NHS may have to care for up to 1.7 million dementia patients by 2051, new research has warned. Health economists from LSE and King's College in London predict the 154 per cent rise as a factor of Britain's ageing society. Currently over 750,000 people are affected by some of the many types of dementia, the most common form being Alzheimer's disease which makes up 55 per cent of all cases.

Politics.co.uk
The Alzheimer's Society: Dementia costs the UK £539 a second (27 Feb 07)

CareandHealth
LGA renews care debate call (27 Feb 07) 

Dog flu diet and diseases
Britain Seeing More Dementia Cases (27 Feb 07)

4NI
Research warns of rise in dementia cases (27 Feb 07)

The Herald
Dementia 'costs Scotland £1.4bn a year' (27 Feb 07) 

Nursing Times
Dementia timebomb warning (27 Feb 07)

BBC News Online
1.7m 'will have dementia by 2051'
(27 Feb 07)
More than 1.7 million people in the UK will have dementia by 2051, costing billions of pounds each year, experts have forecast. Currently 700,000 - or one person in every 88 in the UK - has dementia, incurring a yearly cost of £17bn. The government welcomed the London School of Economics and Institute of Psychiatry research, and said dementia care was already a priority.

BBC Radio Four
The Today Programme (27 Feb 07)
Professor Martin Knapp, one of the report's authors, was interviewed on the programme at 7.15am this morning.

The Times
Dementia care costs predicted to soar (27 Feb 07)

Daily Mail
Mail launches campaign to end restrictions on Alzheimer's drugs (27 Feb 07)

Evening Standard
Mail launches campaign to end restrictions on Alzheimer's drugs (27 Feb 07)

Alzheimer News
Alzheimer's Research Trust calls for more support for families (27 Feb 07)

Press Association Newsfile
UK 'no plans to tackle rising dementia cases' (27 Feb 07)

The Guardian
Huge rise forecast in dementia cases (26 Feb 07)
The number of people suffering from dementia will increase by 154 per cent in the next 45 years, according to a report by some of the top researchers of the illness in Britain, with the number affected rising from 700,000 today to 1.735m in 2051. The economy could be crippled by soaring rates of the condition, as the population ages and better cures are found for other illnesses, say the health economists from LSE and the Institute of Psychiatry, who presented the findings to officials from the Treasury and Department of Health.  

Evening Standard
Dementia timebomb will cost NHS millions (26 Feb 07)

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