DementiaRoadmap

Helping primary care to support people with dementia

Dementia UK

February 3 2007

This report into the prevalence and cost of dementia 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.

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Key findings

  • 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% 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.

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