In every nation, the good news is that people are living longer. That brings with it an inevitable challenge since as people age they run an increasing risk of developing dementia. Becky Hillard of Organic Development wrote to me citing UK experience where the number of people suffering from Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia is increasing at an alarming rate. This undoubtedly parallels what is happening in most developed countries.
For the UK, the following are the facts:
- 163,000 cases of dementia are diagnosed in England and Wales each year.
- £50 million is invested each year into dementia research annually by the government and charities.
- 50% of the cost of dementia in the UK is met by unpaid carers.
- By 2025, 1 million people will be diagnosed with dementia.
The infographic below expands on these summary figures. It is well worth studying in detail.