Dementia costs £26bn annually

The Alzheimer’s Society has calculated the total cost of dementia to the UK at £26 billion a year with people with dementia, their carers and families shouldering two-thirds of the cost themselves. The charity is urging the government to end the artificial divide between health and social care which unfairly disadvantages people with dementia.

Dementia UK: The Second Edition, prepared by the London School of Economics and King's College London, is the most comprehensive review of dementia in the UK to date. The new research also reveals that numbers of those affected by dementia is increasing rapidly. By the next general election in 2015, there will be 850,000 people living with dementia. If current trends stay the same and no action is taken, this number is expected to pass two million by 2051.

In addition to Dementia UK, Alzheimer's Society has published Dementia 2014: An Opportunity for Change drawing together evidence from a survey of over 1,000 people with dementia. Key findings include:

  • Just over half of people with dementia (58 per cent), declared themselves to be living well.
  • Nearly two-thirds (61 per cent) said they had felt anxious or depressed recently.
  • 7 out of 10 people were living with another medical condition or disability as well as dementia.

w: Dementia 2014: An Opportunity for Change

w: Dementia UK: The Second Edition